Fritillaria Raddeana Question

Peter Taggart
Thu, 13 Sep 2012 15:08:01 PDT
>From what I read I think that there is too much refrigeration of winter
growing bulbs in some parts of the world. As I understand it refigeration
will create a bigger display of flowers at the expense of  growth, and
therefore weaken the plant for the following year. I would suggest that
bulbs recieved in advance of autumnal temperature fluctuations would be
better planted in dry compost and kept shaded, or else stored in a cellar
or other cool space.

I grew Fritilaria imperialis, when I was a child, in neutral loam, In the
west of Scotland. It only grew well and flowerd when I took my fathers
advice and put lime around it.
Peter (UK)

On Thu, Sep 13, 2012 at 8:17 PM, Jim McKenney

> 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.
> 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.

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