Fritillaria Raddeana Question

Jim McKenney
Thu, 13 Sep 2012 12:17:49 PDT
Peter's comment reminds me of something else.

A German gardening magazine to which I subscribe recommend planting Fritillaria imperialis in August, and evidently the bulbs are in the shops there then.  

Good luck getting bulbs from an American dealer in August. But even if I could get them in August, I would put them in the refrigerator and not plant them until the soil cooled down. 

I still have not figured out how to grow this species here. Yet in some places, all one apparently needs to do is to plant the bulbs, walk away, and remember several years later to dig and divide them. 

Mail order bulbs here typically arrive in late October and almost always give a knock out performance the first year. And they almost always disappear after that. 

Jim McKenney
Montgomery County, Maryland, USA, USDA zone 7 

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