years from seed to flower

Diane Whitehead
Wed, 07 Aug 2002 11:54:24 PDT
Jane McGary's mention this morning (probably on Alpine-L) of 7 years 
for a calochortus to flower has prompted this request.

I am aware of a number of lists published with germination data, but 
not of years-to-bloom data.  Is there such a list for bulbs of the 
kind being discussed here?  If not, can we compile one?  The 
information could be sent along with the  Genus of the Week.

I realize there will be a variation, but I would still find it 
useful.  I could then know whether more patience is required or a 
change in growing methods.  Should I have had bloom on my many 
species of gladiolus, for instance, bought from Silverhill and sown 
in December '98?  One, Gladiolus oppositiflorus ssp salmoneus, has 
broad long leaves, and I thought might flower this year, but didn't. 
The other species still have grasslike leaves, though, so seem a long 
way from maturity.

Diane Whitehead  Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
maritime zone 8
cool mediterranean climate (dry summer, rainy winter)

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