Darren Sleep darren@fairhaven45.plus.com
Fri, 21 Feb 2014 10:00:43 PST
This is my first post to the list and I hope I get it right!


I can offer a little advice (more of a warning) based on my mistakes.  
My first experience with Leontice sown in normal 10cm deep pots  
resulted in good germination but no tubers. After experimenting again  
with deep pots I came to the conclusion that the seedlings seek  
considerable depth before starting tuber formation and if the stem  
that grows downward to form the tuber encounters 'air pruning' at a  
drainage hole before they reach a depth they like then no tuber is  
formed. Even with 20cm deep pots standing on sand I found tubers  
formed partially extended from the drainage holes and I had to cut the  
pot to release them. My advice at this stage is that if you sowed the  
seed in a shorter pot you should stand it partially plunged in a  
bigger pot of sand or similar. Then look in the bigger pot for your  
tubers once top growth dies back.

Darren Sleep
Lancaster UK

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