Calochortus Seed judgement call

Mary Sue Ittner
Tue, 30 Jul 2002 19:18:54 PDT
Dear Joyce,

If the stalk is brown and dry I think you could cut the pod and ripen it 
elsewhere. If it is as you have stated it will open soon. It is what I do. 
I usually leave my Calochortus pots in the shade during the summer and 
repot in fall, but don't water till it starts raining. (Except for C. 
nitidus which thanks to Mike Mace's advice of some water year round bloomed 
for me this past summer after I did that last year). It is maybe a matter 
of not getting to them right away as I deal with the South Africans first. 
I have also dumped them out and stored them in brown bags inside. Most 
people add some dry material like peat moss to keep them from drying out if 
they store them especially if they are little, but some of the bigger bulbs 
seem tough to me. Calochortus tolmiei which is native around here and 
always delights me during my spring hikes when I see it on the bluffs near 
the ocean, short in the grass, dwindles a bit for me so perhaps someone 
else has better advice. I keep trying with it since it is one of my favorites.

I hope you are successful with it.

Mary Sue

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