Dichelostemma- TOW

Alberto Castillo ezeizabotgard@hotmail.com
Mon, 26 May 2003 05:59:07 PDT
Dear Mary Sue:
                     It is great to have this information on Dichelostemmas 
as we had previously on Triteleias. These corms are seldom grown although 
they may prove among the easiest and undemanding of all bulbs. They are 
reasonably to very hardy, almost free of pests and flower at a time of the 
year when most of the spring blooms are over. I have grown here all the 
species and they are among the easiest  bulbous plants. As you know we have 
year roudn rains and they survive them year after year although in the wild 
their summers are very dry. They are in raised beds in very porous drained 
mix so there is never any stagnant water. Most of them offset well (although 
none is weedy). Here they retain their leaves long after flowering, due to 
the abundance of water in a humid climate. I have seen these and other bulbs 
in California and they are lovely in the thousands in the wild. Perhaps the 
best source would be one of wild collected seed. This will cause no harm to 
the wild populations that in most of the species are huge.

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