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General Discussion / Nutrition for daffodil beds
March 19, 2024, 08:16:41 AM
I noticed this year that a few of my long planted daffodils have not bloomed as well as in past years and I feel like it is time to provide them with some nutrition.  My thoughts are to use a granular fertilizer spread around the ground over the bulbs, letting the rains carry it down to the bulbs' roots.  Any suggestions on what fertilizer has been successful for you?  Or do you do something else entirely?

Bob Hoel
Chicago area where we have had an unseasonably early Spring.
General Plants and Gardening / Adenium Obesum
November 11, 2023, 01:45:12 PM
I put my potted Adenium obesum outside for the summer and this year it set a couple of seed pods.  The pods have now matured and burst open.  Attached are photos of the "explosion" and then of a single seed that resembles a barbell.  It was somewhat like a milkweed pod that bursts open and the seeds are disbursed by the wind.  I have not attempted to grow this from seeds but now is as good a time as any.

I have extra seed if anyone is interested.  Contact me privately.    Easy to send by mail.

Bob  Hoel
Elmhurst, IL
PBS Members Affairs / Re: Renewals
June 02, 2023, 09:15:42 AM

I need to change my email address and not sure how to go about it.  I was told there is not an update feature, that I would have to delete the old one and re-subscribe.  The old one got deleted but the new one has not been put in.  Who do I talk to or how do I go that?


Thanks, Uli.  The plants are fully green at the moment but that is in part because they have been receiving regular watering.  I will begin withholding water to encourage dormancy and store them on a rack below the benches.  The pot storage that you have described is what I have been doing with my Alocassia, Ornithogallum and Ismene and they do quite well.

General Discussion / Zephyranthes and winter storage
October 19, 2022, 02:26:40 PM
I am fast running out of room to bring plants into the greenhouse for yet another Chicago winter.  Next year I will be dividing Zephyranthes and sending some to the BX.  Until then, I need to store them for the winter.  Can they survive a period of dormancy during the winter where I would put the pots under the bench and not water them for several months?  Or do they need a little water but still under the bench?  I no longer have room to keep them on the benches....the bromeliads and orchids have pre-empted their space.  I suspect that taking them out of the pots and letting them dry like tulips is out of order.
General Discussion / Re: Rhodophiala bifida
June 02, 2022, 05:10:27 PM
First of all, I wish I lived in southern Germany.  They are growing and multiplying well in a pot but it was not a deep pot as suggested in the literature.  What kind of soil are your's in?
General Discussion / Rhodophiala bifida
June 02, 2022, 11:49:57 AM
Rhodophiala bifida - I grow this in a pot but it has never bloomed for me.  From the information section, it looks like these plants require a dormancy period.  Should that be a dry period?  What time of year?  I will also be repotting it and can see that the original bulbs have multiplied.  Looks like I will have some to send in for the next bulb exchange.