Calostemma purpureum

Steven hartsentwine.australia@gmail.com
Fri, 29 Aug 2014 02:01:04 PDT
You should give them plenty of sun & increase watering to good solid drenching as the heat increases.. Some have success with the water tray method sitting them I'n a little water through summer... The endemic native ones here I'n Queensland live on open dark clay soil & live I'n low pockets that become sodden or even water covered for a month to three months or more at a time.. I am always fascinated when i visit the area to see plants I'n water 8" deep with healthy foliage & producing healthy buds & flowers for months..  Greater numbers of bulbs are above the water line but remain with their roots I'n water drenched soil.. Hope that helps u 
Steven Esk Queensland Australia   

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On 29/08/2014, at 8:29 AM, Diana Chapman <rarebulbs@suddenlink.net> wrote:

> I have some C. lutea (luteum?) grown from seed that are ten years old and have never flowered.  My C. purpureum bloom well.  I let them go dry in summer.  Do they need different conditions from the purple ones?
> 
> Diana
> Telos
>> Hello Leo, im not so sure about International environments, but here in
>> Australia in the wild, virtually all callostemma do grow from about 8" to
>> 16' deep, it is correct that in these environments & depths, even in hot
>> summer, the bulb stays cool... In some places they sit in a permanent moist
>> zone & others are in soil that completely bakes dry..  However they
>> virtually all receive summer rains in the wild & in most cases these rains
>> build up to heavy rain in late summer which triggers the flowering cycle..
>> I have them growing in a hot dry environment, only planted to a depth of 6
>> to 8' deep & they are quite happy.. Mine dry out naturally in winter to
>> spring when hot dry westerly winds dry everything out & its impossible to
>> get moisture into the ground..
>> I hope this little bit of info helps with your experiments :)
>> Steven Queensland Australia
>> 
>> 
>> On 28 August 2014 23:39, desertdenial <desertdenial@hotmail.com> wrote:
>> 
>>> When I put mine in the ground last year after 1-2 years in a pot they
>>> immediately sent up inflorescences.
>>> 
>>> Marie Ortiz
>>> Tolleson, Az
>>> 
>>> 
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>>> 
>>> -------- Original message --------
>>> From: "Leo A. Martin" <leo@possi.org>
>>> Date: 08/04/2014  9:47 AM  (GMT-07:00)
>>> To: pbs@lists.ibiblio.org
>>> Subject: [pbs] Calostemma purpureum
>>> 
>>> 
>>> 
>>> This spring I moved my plants to a spot where they get bright shade with
>>> some very late
>>> afternoon sun, and watered regularly all summer. They remained in leaf and
>>> even made a
>>> few new leaves. One of the plants just yesterday began pushing two
>>> inflorescences.
>>> 
>>> The Wiki says plants should be allowed to dry after leaves yellow. Perhaps
>>> those in very
>>> warm-summer climates, or those growing their plants in containers, should
>>> experiment
>>> with watering all summer, and deeper containers.
>>> 
>>> Leo Martin
>>> Phoenix Arizona USA
>>> 
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>> Esk Queensland Australia
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