Calostemma purpureum

Diana Chapman rarebulbs@suddenlink.net
Thu, 28 Aug 2014 15:29:27 PDT
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
>>
>>
>> Sent from my T-Mobile 4G LTE Device
>>
>> -------- 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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