Mary Sue Ittner
Wed, 31 Jul 2002 20:11:05 PDT
Dear All,

I found an interesting post from Alberto Castillo about these bulbs when 
they were recently discussed on the Australian list. I hope he won't mind 
my sharing. It is interesting as he talks about the difference in different 

"Merenderas, Bulbocodium, Colchicums, Fritillarias, etc do not like the 
overall warm temperatures of lowlands in Australia, South Africa and South 
America. They are a lot easier if in a Southern exposure where they receive all the cold and wind they can.

A couple of hours of direct sun (in winter, none at all in summer) is enough
for them (and for some no direct sun at all). This is possible because the
irradiation in this Hemisphere is so intense that the plants can use it to
advantage as they make use of direct sun in other latitudes. They must
remain in their pots during their summer dormancy as they resent desiccation
a good deal. Drainage is a must as otherwise their corms or bulbs become
infected easily. It is easy to pot them  and bury the pot in the garden in
case one gives them the wrong spot. Clay pots( with extra drainage holes)
are very good for them because of their refrigerating effect.

They are among those faithful, dependable bulbs that one can have From ???@??? Tues Jul 30 13:05:34 2002
To: "Pacific Bulb Society" <>for many years once their requirements  are met."

I wonder if any of this applies to Southern California as well. The two 
people who are growing these in Australia have some of the colder 
Australian climates I think. I have one question to ask the three of you 
who have discussed this. How difficult is it to grow from seed? I 
understand Colchicum can be a bit of a challenge to germinate without fresh 
seed. Is this true of Merendera too? Any tips for any of us who might see 
some in a seed exchange and decide to try?

Thanks in advance for any help.

Mary Sue

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