Growing Tender Bulbs in Cold Climates--TOW

Bonaventure W Magrys
Mon, 14 Apr 2003 13:57:22 PDT
I grow Bonatea speciosa in a large, tall plastic jug perforated in one spot
about 2 inches from the bottom. The mix is styrofoam peanuts with some
vermiculite and peat moss thrown on top and working its way down. The mix
is kept very moist and the bottom 2 inches always filled with water. Growth
resumes about this time of the year and the plant will be placed outside to
mature under the high shade of trees in my yard. A few hours of direct sun
are received during the morning. Brought inside in late October (watching
out for early frosts)  it is in bloom in December and January. In summer it
gets rainwater naturally and flushed with the garden hose on sunny days. A
cup full from the manure tea bucket every so often helps it along. Indoors
it gets distilled water only.
This South African terrestrial orchid has swollen roots sort of like Dahlia
tubers. It has not gone completely deciduous for me the last 2 years as it
did in the first 2 years that I owned it and has steadily increased the
number of stalks it sends up every spring.

Bonaventure Magrys
Cliffwood Beach, New Jersey

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