Pacific BX 22
Sat, 15 Feb 2003 08:19:58 PST
Hi Jerry,

I've made the same mistake myself, but I did remember to save the BX 22 
announcement.  Items 1 & 2 were:

1. Dahlia coccinea var palmeri "2,5m tall airy plant with dissected leaves
and Cosmos-like bright orange red flowers held horizontally. Stands firmly
without staking, best with me in late summer and early autumn when the
weather has cooled down. I have donated this seed before and heard that
germination rate was low: I recommend to sow it not too warm. It is a plant
of higher altitudes from Mexico and it self seeds in my garden although the
tubers are not hardy (tested) So high temperatures of the seed compost may
inhibit germination. If sown at the same time as with Tomatoes, they flower
the same year from seed but will reach their ultimate height from the second
year on. Be careful when digging the tubers: the tubers themselves are quite
a distance away from the stem only joined by a thin root and can easily be
spaded off. All in all a very good garden plant."

2. Nerine bowdenii 'E.B. Anderson Hybrid' "An early flowering very
floriferous and reliable Nerine, the early flowering time helps it escape
bad autumn weather. According to the (very knowledgeable) person who gave me
a few bulbs years ago, it comes true from seed. The seed has sprouted and
formed small bulbs but this does not matter. Make sure not to
break the fleshy seed off the small bulb when planting. It is a summer
growing bulb with a relatively short dormancy. It is not hardy in northern
Germany but was very hardy in Britain where my bulbs originally came from.
Sow immediately."

Hope they grow well for you!

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