HELP! Eremurus

Cathy Craig
Sat, 25 Jan 2003 13:25:34 PST
Well, that's a bummer. It sounds like me and my F. imperialis. (Not even one

Lauw once suggested E. himilayicus might do ok here (he lives in France,
south central I think, perhaps he grows them there and the climate is
similar to So Cal). I can't remember the reference(s) but I just read that
they like a hot, dry, dormancy and that's why they are called desert candle.

I planted some here once a few years ago but thinking back on it, I planted
them about a foot deep. Well, as Tony Avent says, keep trying.

This year I planted about a dozen F. Imperialis in several different
places - we'll see.

The E. bungii looked quite dessicated but I am soaking them in hopes of
plumping up the roots a bit prior to planting out.

Cathy Craig President PBS
Maritime zone 9b

> The grit sounds like a very good idea, but I'm afraid that I can't
> offer more help than that. I have tried Eremurus a half dozen times
> over the years, and never had one sprout emerge from the soil. From
> the growing zone maps I have seen, and everything I have read,
> Eremurus require a considerably cooler climate than I can offer them.
> BAsically, the most favorable growing areas in the USA were
> 'heartland', and only the most northern coastal areas were shown to be
> hospitable. I think you're a few degrees milder than here, so you may
> have similar results. I can't grow herbaceous Peony here either.
> One thing that I found to be discouraging was the fact that the roots
> on my plants were in pretty bad shape

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