Rhodophiala araucana

Den Wilson valden@vectis52.freeserve.co.uk
Mon, 14 Apr 2003 10:58:13 PDT
Paul and Kelly,

If the seed came from me the parent plant is the peach variant posted to the
wiki page
http://http/www.pacificbulbsociety.org/pbswiki/… .
The seedlings grew continuously for two years without a dormant period and
subsequently flowered for a long period in summer, producing a rainbow of
colour forms. They became dormant for the first time the following autumn
(fall). Growth begins again in April. Alberto has said that Rhodophiala
generally take 5-6 years to flower from seed and I think this is normally
true but I believe this species has been shown to be a natural polyploid
which might explain its unusual haste. Growing it continuously without a
dormant phase may also be a factor. It appears to enjoy a warm/moist summer
and a frost-free dry(ish) winter. Some colour forms are stunning. All are


Den Wilson
Isle of Wight
Zone 8 (maritime) almost frost-free.

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