Bulbs that can be converted to another cycle--TOW

Mark Smyth mark@marksgardenplants.com
Mon, 27 Oct 2003 13:12:09 PST
brilliant topic

I have several Pelargoniums that I would like to try to change from winter
growers into summer growers so they can take a break in a dry frost free
shed. And I got some Galanthus from Paul in Australia that need to get their
clocks reset

N Ireland

----- Original Message -----
From: "Mary Sue Ittner" <msittner@mcn.org>
To: "Pacific Bulb Society" <pbs@lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Monday, October 27, 2003 8:15 PM
Subject: [pbs] Bulbs that can be converted to another cycle--TOW

> Dear All,
> The topic for this week is bulbs that can be converted to another cycle. I
> couldn't quite figure out how to phrase this so it would be shorter and
> clearer. I am hoping that all of you will share your experiences trying to
> grow bulbs a different way than the would be found in nature. Have any of
> you in cold climates been able to grow tender bulbs in the summer that
> would not survive your climates otherwise? Have any of you with harsh hot
> summers been able to grow plants that would like it cooler at another
> say spring? I know that Lisa Flaum has been trying to turn winter growers
> into summer growers and I hope she will share how it is going. Some plants
> must respond to light and temperature one would think.
> A number of years ago a man from Seattle told that he could grow Ferraria
> in summer there and found it just wasn't happy in his long wet cool
> but grew quite happily in his cool dryer summers when there was more
> I am wondering what other things could be treated this way.
> Andrew Wilson sent me a piece of a Pelargonium. I'm not sure if is one
> counts as a geophyte, but he was definitely able to send this piece to me
> that looked like a dry stick. Although it had gone dormant for the summer
> already, when I watered it, it sprung to life and even starting blooming
> late summer.
> A friend told me of buying Sandersonia at the local farmer's market as a
> late harvest flower in fall. This one obviously can be grown at different
> times of the year.
> Slightly related to this, has anyone found that when they buy a bulb from
> another hemisphere that starts to grow at the wrong time that they can
> it growing at this time. I got two bulbs of Boophone from Rhoda and
> and I am wondering if I can keep them winter growing.
> No one responded about Peter's Daubenya. Have others found that Daubenya
> aurea is fall blooming for them instead of spring?
> So please share your experiences everyone. I know there are some people
> really eager to hear about this.
> Mary Sue
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