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General Discussion / Re: Xerophyta retinervis
January 21, 2024, 12:32:53 AM
Since they prefer acid soil,  you might try this on one or two seedlings to test it.

Get a water soluble 25-25-25, and dilute it 1/8 recommended strength.

That will either push the victim too hard and kill it, or give you amazing results.
General Discussion / Re: Lycoris sprengeri bulbs
January 21, 2024, 12:12:23 AM
Quote from: Chlorophylous on January 19, 2024, 11:17:42 AMI have been on the look out for L. sprengeri for quite some time but they are always sold out by the time I find them. Much to my surprise I found 3 bulbs for sale on eBay and purchased them. They arrived in good shape and look very healthy. My question is, when do I plant them? I live in the San Fernando Valley outside of Los Angeles in zone 9b/10a and will be growing them in a pot. I don't know if there is enough time for them to grow leaves and then go dormant for Summer or if I should wait and pot them up in Fall (If they will last that long).
You might want to refrigerate them for a week before you plant them.  They flower better after a winter chill.
Hi all

Where I live winter minimums usually are around 20F (-6.7C) and in the 23 years I have lived here have never gone below 15F (-9.4C).  I grow most of my Ferrarias under glass; but I have planted out 100 seedlings each of 9 species of Ferraria.  Most of the seedlings did not survive; but 2-5 each of 5 species are toughing it out.
General Discussion / Re: Parakeelya primuliflora
October 03, 2023, 11:24:08 AM

You might try posting on the SRGC forum. They have a larger Australian membership active on the forum.
General Discussion / Re: Parakeelya primuliflora
October 02, 2023, 03:10:25 PM

I can't find Calendrina primuliflora for sale; but

Calandrinia ciliata, Redmaids - Larner Seeds

and Rock Purslane Shining Pink Calandrinia spectabilis - 30 Seeds

are very similar.

General Discussion / Re: Parakeelya primuliflora
October 02, 2023, 02:45:12 PM

Calendrina is a synonym. You might find it as Calendrina primuliflora.
General Discussion / Re: Bulb sourcing
September 18, 2023, 02:34:08 PM

Most seed offered by SIGNA members is garden collected.

It is often hand pollinated and protected with a baggie.

General Discussion / Re: Plant labeling in hot climate
September 18, 2023, 02:30:21 PM
Hi all,

If you use your lead pencil on a wooden label [like a popsicle stick, but wider, there will be co brittle labels. I buy a 1/2 sheet of 1/4 " plywood and cut it into 3/8" strips, which I cut to 4" lengths.

After writing your label, a coat of marine spar varnish will make it outlast you.

Marc Falls City, OR  zone 8b
General Discussion / Re: Bulb sourcing
September 12, 2023, 08:02:25 PM
Quote from: ErinD on August 30, 2023, 10:50:34 AMHey! I'm trying to source some bulbs for a Middle Eastern collection for a botanical garden. I was wondering if anyone would be able to point me in the right direction. I'm looking for:

Lilium ledbourii
Narcissus tazetta
Scadoxus multiflorus
Iris albicans
Iris persica
Iris meda
Tulipa schrenkii (syn. Tulipa suaveolens)
Sternbergia lutea

Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!! :)

For the Iris species tru SIGNA [Species Iris Group North America]
I don't grow the other things you are looking for so I can't help with those.
General Discussion / Re: Oxalis ID question
September 09, 2023, 06:52:13 PM

The most intuitive way to resolve this is to investigate whether someone  transposed a 9 for a 7.  See if 76013 matches your plant.

Quote from: CG100 on August 24, 2023, 01:38:15 PM
Quote from: MarcR on August 24, 2023, 06:33:46 AMI don't think any sane person wants to ban extraction!


If you are suggesting that they are all insane, I would dispute that - they are massively ill and under-informed and naive on a scale that defies belief. But not insane.   .....

Herein lies the difference between the legal definition and the colloquial definition of insanity.  In Colloquial usage, any irrational thought or belief may be thought of as insane; while such irrational thinking would certainly not be sufficient to have a person committed.
I don't think any sane person wants to ban extraction!  I think it is necessary to ban most combustion!


The post Pleistocene warming also left much of the world uninhabitable.

Most climatologists believe that carbon emissions are driving global warming now. I don't think that the ostrich has the best defensive strategy. 

Most snail baits do more damage to unintended victims than to snails and slugs.

Snakes and ducks especially Rouen or Kaki-Campbel] are excellent predators.  Beer traps ate effective.

A table with its legs in cookie tins 1/2 full of salt water will protect potted plants placed on it.

After making sure that a bed is slug/snail free surrounding it with a trough made of copper flashing filled with salt water or beer will protect the bed.
Where the ends of the trough meet, caulking or solder is needed.
If we don't transition away from carbon based fuels, 1/3 of the populated ares of our planet will be uninhabitable in 10 years.
Here in Oregon's Mid Willamette Valley, we are expecting 103 F (39.4 C) today.  In the 20 years I have lived here, I have never seen anything above the low 90s (32-34 C).  Since most deer resistant plants can take the heat; and all of my beds that are not deer resistant are deer fenced, I need only  drape shade cloth over the fencing.  It will be very nice if this translates to slightly warmer winters. I would be very happy with a change from zone 8b to 9a or even 9b. I certainly do not wish harm to anyone south of me.