Brian Whyer
Sat, 02 Apr 2011 05:03:17 PDT
> Among the frit-experts in the list, can you tell me what is going on with the floppy over? 
> Does this bulb needs to be drier (which translates to me moving it higher up) or what? 
> I would like to have a healthy, strong, upright fritillaria, and now that I've lost the tag, it will > have to bloom for me to confirm that it is F. persica.
I grow F. raddeana, persica, and imperialis in large pots and it is often difficult to keep them upright. I have always associated the problem with irregular watering. Miss a day when it is sunny and they lean over, water and the growing section straitens itself up. Look in any garden centre here and F. imperialis plants are all shapes imaginable. They need feeding well in pots to flower in subsequent years. They flower in the order as above, raddeana is now over.
The best F. imperialis I have ever grown were in a west facing bed in neutral heavy clay loam, very sticky in winter, the lawn in front rock hard and cracked in summer.
Brian Whyer, Buckinghamshire, England, zone~9
Mid daffodil season here now, stone fruit trees in blossom, hedges going green.

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