Veratrum propagation question

Jane McGary
Fri, 18 May 2012 09:42:12 PDT
Regarding propagation of Veratrum californicum, I established this 
species in my former garden by planting freshly gathered seed 
directly in a shady, moist site. I think it took about 5 years to 
reach flowering size. The plants are now quite large. I brought one 
bulb to the new garden but may bring more, as thanks to the rotten 
real estate market here, the old garden is still available for me to plunder.

I wouldn't have transplanted Veratrum seedlings while they were still 
green. I find most bulb seedlings can grow quite crowded their first 
and second years as long as they are in a fertile medium. One 
exception is Calochortus, which is susceptible to damping off if crowded.

Jane McGary
Portland, Oregon, USA

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