Lachenalia Inquiry

Pamela Slate
Mon, 30 Jan 2012 17:01:47 PST
Dear PBS Elist,
On 10-28-10, seeds I purchased from Silverhill were sown by a propagator friend at a local wholesale nursery.  (I am fortunate about this since I don't have a good set up for growing from seed, at least generally.)  Among others, the seeds were Lachenalia namaquensis and L. multifolia.  Since they were planted, they have never gone dormant and last summer, endured one of our hottest summers on record.  They were outdoors in my shade/screen house and I watered them all summer.  Now I am seeing buds develop on the L. far, not on the L. multifolia.  Graham Duncan said in his Lachenalia book "many species flower readily in their second season, but as a general rule, first flowering can be expected in their third season."  All of the other seeds planted at the same time - mostly Lachenalias - did go dormant over the summer.  Have any of you experienced this?  Is there an explanation for this?
Also, last spring David Pilling posted photos on the wiki for me of Lachenalia bulblets I grew from leaf cuttings.  Just to report back, it doesn't look like they are going to be mature enough to flower this year as I had thought they might although they are growing on nicely.  L. rubida is producing but one leaf on each of the bulblets while L. viridiflora is producing two.  This year I am also trying an Ornithogalum and another year-old wide-leaf Lachenalia.  It's been a very mild winter this year to date so I expect it may not work as well as it did last year when the temperatures were colder and conditions were, therefore, probably more conducive for success using this method.
Would appreciate any comments.
Best wishes,

Pamela Slate
P.O. Box 5316
Carefree  AZ  85377

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