Fritillaria imperialis and persica help

David Pilling
Fri, 06 Jun 2014 04:23:48 PDT

On 06/06/2014 02:56, penstemon wrote:
> One recommendation for preventing the bulbs of F. imperialis from
> getting too wet is to plant them at a 45 degree angle, so that water
> does not remain in the hole left by last year's flower stalk. I can't

Hmm. See:…

where it says:

"Some people say bulbs should be planted on their side, because of the 
large hole in them which may accumulate water. Others retort that the 
hole goes all the way through the bulb and so drains. Photos 1-4 are of 
commercially supplied bulbs of 'Garland Star' and show the hole, the 
bottom of the bulb and water being retained. At first sight this 
disproves the idea of a hole all the way through the bulb. However often 
bulbs are sold with part of the old stem in place blocking the hole. 
Photo 5 from Laurence Hill shows the hole in a bulb of 'Lutea'. Since 
Fritillaria bulbs replace themselves every year, their original 
orientation in the ground will be lost anyway."

David Pilling

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