Lachenalia question

Mary Sue Ittner
Sat, 21 Sep 2002 07:29:40 PDT
Dear Don,

Thanks so much for your wonderful response to my question. It gives us all such a lot of useful information about this genus and answers all of my questions as well. Mark Mazer wrote me privately as well and said I could share his response with the group:

"I grow almost all of my mature Lachenalia bulbs (over 50 species) in 5x5x6 inch deep square pots, anywhere from 9 to 20 per pot.  Seedling are started in either 2.25x2.25x3 inch deep or 4.25x2.25.5 inch deep pots depending on the quantity of seed.  Single bulbs will bloom nicely in the smaller pots."

Your explanation about Lachenalia unicolor was very helpful. The bulbs that split were just like you said with a row of bulbs around the bulb in the middle. I wished I had taken a picture because the offset bulblets were almost rectangular in their arrangement.

Your point about creating hybrids when we start from our own seed is a good one. On the other hand if we protect our plants from deer, squirrels, gophers, moles, birds, and pollinators, they will be so caged that it will be difficult to appreciate them when they are in bloom. If you start your own seed have you found that the offspring are different from the originals?

Mary Sue

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