don journet
Tue, 04 Mar 2003 03:08:52 PST
Hi Jim,
           I grow Lachenalia outdoors in southern Australia in an area which seems
to compare with your zone 9. We experience 15 deg. C frost and provided I give
some overhead protection using tree cover they seem to grow well. I believe
several species experience frosts in there homeland. I have some 90 species,
cultivars and varieties so there is a good cross selection. I hope this helps you.

Don Journet

"J.E. Shields" wrote:

> Hi all,
> I have some unusual Lachenalia species coming.  This got me to thinking
> about how people grow these bulbs.  Is there anywhere in North America
> where Lachenalia can be grown outdoors, in the ground?
> I realize they are not ever going to be "hardy" where I live (Indiana), but
> since they are winter-growing plants from the mediterranean climate area of
> the Western Cape and Northern Cape Provinces of South Africa, I wondered if
> people could grow them outdoors in the ground in the North American Southwest?
> Regards,
> Jim Shields
> in cold and still a bit snow central Indiana (USA)
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