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Michael Mace
Mon, 16 Jul 2012 09:33:44 PDT
Michelle wrote:

>> I joined this list because I am in the process of redoing my backyard
this summer, and am replanting primarily in CA natives.

Welcome, Michelle!

There's general information on species bulb-growing on our wiki here:…

Some of the information talks specifically about growing bulbs in the

Some California native species are relatively easy in the ground, some are
harder.  You may want to think about growing some in pots as a reserve
supply, since the ones in ground may die until you figure out exactly what
conditions they want.  This also goes for starting seeds -- if you just
scatter bulb seeds on the ground, chances are you won't get many flowers.
But if you start them in pots, you can protect them from snails and gophers
and accidental weeding, and then plant them out when they're larger and more
able to take care of themselves.

You should also check out the information on various California native bulb
species on our wiki:…

Some of the nicest California genera include:  Allium (some species are from
California), Brodiaea, Bloomeria, Calochortus, Dichelostemma, some
Fritillaria, and Triteleia.

If you need sources to obtain bulbs and seeds, we have a listing of them

Now is the time to order bulbs (in fact, you may have missed the shipping
season for some providers).  You should also order seeds as soon as

You can also pay to join the Pacific Bulb Society, which will let you
participate in our frequent seed and bulb exchanges.

Check out those resources, and you're welcome to post here any questions you
have.  In fact, if you want to start with a description of your garden
(soil, location, sun exposure), your exact location, and what you're looking
to accomplish, we may be able to give you general advice.

By the way, I know you're focused on California natives, but I encourage you
to think a bit about the huge variety of mediterranean-climate bulbs from
other parts of the world, especially South Africa.  There are some
astounding beauties you can grow if you're willing to be "mediterranean
climate native" as opposed to "California native."

Hope that helps!

San Jose, CA

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