Dwarf Alstroemeria--Topic of the week

Jane McGary janemcgary@earthlink.net
Thu, 03 Jul 2003 10:26:47 PDT
To answer several people's questions on this topic that showed up in 
today's mail:

"Do you get yours [Alstroemeria hookeri] to bloom with the leaves still 
present? Even though I thought I was watering enough all the leaves died on 
mine before it started blooming."

I had to run out and look. The flowering shoots and some of the 
nonflowering ones still have their leaves, but the leaves are looking dull 
and near the point where they wither -- i.e., that look that bulbs get that 
tells you not to water them any more this season.

"Where does one get seed of these species from Chile? Is it only Watson and 
Flores? Jane will you be donating any of yours to the BX?"

In addition to Watson and Flores, the premier source (although as I noted I 
got some mixed-up packets from them a few years ago), many species are 
offered by Jim and Jenny Archibald ('Bryn Collen', Ffostrasol, Llandysul, 
Dyfed SA 44 5SB, Wales, UK; no e-mail). Most of the Archibalds' seed at 
present is being grown in their bulb houses so I suspect there is a 
possibility of hybridization. The Watsons' seed is all wild-collected. I 
will try to send some seed to the BX, but it will not be ripe until late 
August, I think.

Jamie mentioned A. psittacina, a. Pulchella, and A. pygmaea. I think that 
A. pulchella is an invalid synonym for A. psittacina, and the RHS 
Dictionary of Gardening notes that plants labeled A. pulchella in 
cultivation are usually either A. psittacina or A. ligtu (there is no 
likelihood of confusing the latter two species). A. pygmaea of gardens is 
often a misnomer for A. patagonica, but there is a real A. pygmaea, too.

Jane McGary
Northwestern Oregon

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