Crocus tommasinianus & rodents

Russell Stafford, Odyssey Bulbs
Thu, 24 Jul 2003 08:59:26 PDT
<x-flowed>I once planted several hundred Crocus tommasinianus corms where the 
previous fall a like number of C. vernus hybrids had been planted and 
promptly devoured.  The tommies went virtually unscathed, that year and for 
several thereafter (until they fell victim to a building 
project).  Coincidence?  Perhaps.

Elsewhere in this same garden (Fernwood Botanic Garden, to be specific), 
substantial colonies of C. tommasinianus and C. kotschyanus have persisted 
for decades.


At 03:54 PM 7/18/2003 -0700, you wrote:
>Tony Goode wrote,
>>In situations where rodent predation makes successful crocus
>>cultivation marginal Crocus tommasinianus would be the most likely
>>survivor owing to its propensity to increase by seed and cormlet
>>production.  It may be that enough survive predation to maintain the
>>population despite rodent activity.
>Russell Stafford
>Odyssey Bulbs
>8984 Meadow Lane, Berrien Springs, Michigan

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