Watsonia doesn't bloom

Chad Schroter Chad.Schroter@sandisk.com
Fri, 08 Mar 2013 13:06:01 PST
I had some which were purchased from a local nursery, marketed as " California Watzonias". They were winter growers, and had relatively narrow foliage (1/2 -3/4") and smallish corms but grew tall 24-36", they increased but never bloomed in 10 years or so before I shovel pruned them.  I probably have 10+ or more other species and hybrids which all bloom every year, and most get some limited summer water.

Chad in Los Gatos CA Zone 9

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From: pbs-bounces@lists.ibiblio.org [mailto:pbs-bounces@lists.ibiblio.org] On Behalf Of Alberto Castillo
Sent: Friday, March 08, 2013 12:15 PM
To: Pacific Bulb Society
Subject: Re: [pbs] Watsonia doesn't bloom

If in S. California you should win all the golds at Shows! The problem is lack of water. They probably dessicate too much losing substance during the summer. This, providing it is one of the winter cycle watsonias.

> Date: Fri, 8 Mar 2013 16:01:55 +0000
> To: pbs@lists.ibiblio.org
> From: pbs@pilling.demon.co.uk
> Subject: Re: [pbs] Watsonia doesn't bloom
> Hi,
> In message <BAY156-W594EA589E7F63A6E73AF34AEE50@phx.gbl>, Alberto
> Castillo <ezeizabotgard@hotmail.com> writes
> >Well, at least some location info to start with!
> ".the clumps are in the sun and we have clay soil, tending to dry most
> of the year, tho' I water by hand
> occaisionally.
> B.  I am in Southern California."
> Original message...
> ===================
> Dear Friends, I can't get my watsonia to bloom! I've been patient for
> years and have lots of foliage and never any flowers. We fertilize,
> water, cajole, shame and beg, and NEVER ANY FLOWERS! Can you help??
> --
> David Pilling
> email: david@pilling.demon.co.uk
>    web: http://www.davidpilling.net/
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