At 06:15 PM 28/11/2011, you wrote: >Hello Rob > >Do you grow them in pots or garden > >Do you keep them cold in winter >or are they semi tropical >some places where they grow seems to be very hot Roland, Not Rob here, but I hope you don't mind some additional responses? No problems for me growing them here in my conditions. Definitely not semi-tropical. <grin> The bulbs will pull themselves down quite deeply into the ground, insulating them from the summer heat. I had difficulties flowering them in pots I must admit, as I think they get too warm there in summer. Mine have started flowering last year after dropping them into the centre of a garden I built for my crocus and hoop petticoat daffodils etc.... with a higher bit in the middle that allows the Calostemma bulbs to sink at least 30cm into the ground if they wish to. They've only been in there a couple of years, but the first flower stem appeared last year. My fingers are crossed that there will be more than that this coming summer. I am growing here the "normal" red and yellow species, the yellow, a pink and a white with pink tips (only received from a friend last year). I hope to collect more colours if I can ever find them available. I have found them hard to get to mature from seed unfortunately, usually finding they die out for me after a couple of years. This is in pots though, and I think that is likely to be the problem as they get too hot in summer and I lose the small bulbs. That is my thought anyway. I am definitely finding that they grow MUCH better in the ground for me than they do in pots. Now, over to Rob. <grin> Cheers. Paul T. Canberra, Australia - USDA Zone Equivalent approx. 8/9 Min winter temp -8 or -9°C. Max summer temp 40°C. Thankfully, maybe once or twice a year only. Growing an eclectic collection of plants from all over the world including Aroids, Crocus, Cyclamen, Erythroniums, Fritillarias, Galanthus, Irises, Liliums, Trilliums (to name but a few) and just about anything else that doesn't move!!