Growing Tecophilaea Suggestions

Rodger Whitlock
Tue, 22 Oct 2013 10:34:16 PDT
On 21 Oct 2013, at 19:41, wrote:

> I purchased some bulbs of Tecophilaea. Any tips for successful growing would be
> helpful. Thanks in advance, Eric In Western NY where fall has finally arrived
> very wet.

Tecophilaea is:

1. Not fully hardy. Even here in Victoria, while pots of tecophilaea can be 
left outside with no protection most of the winter, I have to be alert for 
impending "arctic outflows" when we get serious freezes. When an arctic outflow 
threatens, my tecophilaea goes into a cold, unheated, but frost-free storage 
room. In western NY state, outside cultivation is probably impossible in 
winter; it's just too cold! (I lived in Rochester for five years and know 
whereof I write.) [PS: I do put the pots under cover in my carport because of 
our excessively wet winters. "Moist but not soaking wet", to quote the 
estimable Jane McGary writing in another context.

2. Winter-growing. The foliage comes up quite early, and once there are leaves, 
Tecophilaea needs light and air to do well.

3. Prefers a circum-neutral soil, say pH 6-7, neither very acidic nor very 

4. Needs complete drought in summer, but *NOT* baking in the sun like a Central 
Asian tulip. 

5. Can be grown outside in the garden in mild climates like Ireland and New 

6. Very prone to damage from slugs and snails in view of the scanty foliage.

7. Worth holding a party for when it flowers. Invite all your friends.

Rodger Whitlock
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Z. 7-8, cool Mediterranean climate

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