holding corms

Jane McGary janemcgary@earthlink.net
Mon, 03 Sep 2012 12:52:26 PDT
Rich wrote:
>Holding Fritillaria corms ?
>F. affinis, pudica and camschatcensis
>Currently, I'm holding in moistened wood shavings at 60 - 64  degrees F.
>Can I hold them under these conditions until early spring (April) ?

First off, they're bulbs, not corms.
Second, my suggestion is not to do this. Get them away from the moist 
shavings (which at those temperatures will grow fungi that will 
attack the bulbs) and plant them in a gritty soil mix in pots, and 
plunge the pots in something up to the rims. These are all species 
native to where Rich lives, so they won't suffer from the winter 
temperatures. I have grown large numbers of these species for many 
years. F. affinis and F. camschatcensis are open-garden plants in the 
Pacific Northwest west of the mountains, but F. pudica benefits 
greatly from overhead protection against excessive rain. F. cam. 
benefits from moisture through the summer, but F. affinis can be in a 
spot that dries out then.

Jane McGary
Portland, Oregon, USA

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