Calochortus 'Golden Orb'

Douglas Westfall
Sun, 01 Jun 2003 21:16:13 PDT
James WaddickDoug Westfall jwaddick@kc.rr.com1111 Claiborne Dr. Long Beach,

> Doug;
> Don't know where you live, but assume he Calochortus is
> blooming now.  One of two survivors out of a dozen. I expect a second flower
> soon. Can anyone with experience growing Calochortus in colder
> climate suggest other survivors?
> Wish there were more and easier.

I live in So. CA.  We have a mountain home in Sequoia at the 5500 - 6000 ft
level.  We get winter snow and ice (we have had snow 6ft deep).  The
Calochortus do very well there. just keep them from freezing.

I find that they do very well in a mix of 50% sand and 50% peat or pine
needle mulch. They should be planted 6 to 8 inches deep in a 2 to 5 gal. pot
(plastic works just fine).

While they do not want to be watered after the seeds set, I never overlook
an occasional light "sprinkle."

C. venustus comes in several colors and C. albus comes in 3 or 4 colors. I
think that I have a rose colored one on the PBS wiki.


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