[BULBS-L] Morea huttonia

J.E. Shields jshields104@insightbb.com
Wed, 09 Apr 2003 06:23:37 PDT
Hi all,

I am trying to grow Moraea huttonii outdoors here.  It has survived one 
winter outdoors (2001-2002) and I'm waiting to see what it did this past 
winter (2002-2003).  That is not long enough for it to have bloomed 
outdoors.   Grown in a 2-gal pot in the greenhouse, it blooms at about 12 
inches height and has a small flower.

Panayoti Kelaidas grows it and some other Moraea successfully outdoors in 
the Denver Botanic Garden, but it is a lot drier there in winter than 
here!  The winters in Denver may also not be cold for so long at a time as 
they sometimes are here.

I've tried Moraea alticola, M. huttonii, M. galpinii, and M. huttonii in 
the greenhouse and outdoors.  I suspect that M. galpinii is going to turn 
out to be better suited to my climate than the others, but I'm still trying 
various methods and locations.

Transplanting M. alticola from its seedling container to anywhere is 
generally a nearly fatal operation.  Separating a pot of Moraea seedlings 
has so far been 100% fatal in my hands.

More later.

Jim Shields
in central Indiana (USA)

At 08:29 PM 4/8/03 -0500, you wrote:
>Dear all;
>        Does anyone grow this plant and can comment on its hardiness?
>It looks sort of like an odd Iris pseudacorus and gets about 4 ft
>tall in Kew.
>        Appreciate your thoughts.               Jim W.
>Dr. James W. Waddick
>8871 NW Brostrom Rd.
>Kansas City Missouri 64152-2711
>Ph.    816-746-1949
>E-fax  419-781-8594
>Zone 5 Record low -23F
>        Summer 100F +

Jim Shields             USDA Zone 5             Shields Gardens, Ltd.
P.O. Box 92              WWW:    http://www.shieldsgardens.com/
Westfield, Indiana 46074, USA                   Tel. +1-317-896-3925

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