Bulbs that flower without leaves TOW - Leucojum autumnale and Sternbergia candida

John Lonsdale john@johnlonsdale.net
Tue, 05 Aug 2003 06:25:34 PDT
Alberto's comments about varieties of Leucojum autumnale are very
interesting.  I grow vars. autumnale, oporanthum and pulchellum here (in
name at least, although the sources were reliable) and they all flower at
the same time, give or take a few days, and without leaves, which follow
shortly thereafter.  Flowering appears to be stimulated by watering in
September, which also presumably drops the compost temperature in the pot.
I keep them dry in the summer.  Bulbs outside have done very badly.  A large
clump flowered beautifully a few years ago but the leaves were completely
trashed by snow and ice (not cold air) and the bulbs died out soon after.

In answer to Jane's question - I grow and flower Sternbergia candida
reliably outside, but it isn't totally hardy here.  Last year I lost 2 of 3
bulbs in one spot, but the third made 4 or 5 good-sized offsets.


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