Ferraria culture in the Pacific Northwest??

Rand Nicholson
Sat, 17 Jan 2004 15:51:09 PST
Mary Sue, Dave, et al:

>Maybe Rand Nicholson can tell us how his are faring since he was the one to raise the question.
>Mary Sue
>pbs mailing list

Perhaps Rand Nicholson can do just that.

The two (2) F. crispa that I have planted are growing in my living room in "the brightest window" I have available.  None too bright at this latitude and with the weather we have been having. They came up extraordinarily quickly, then flopped over, but continue to grow and seem to be quite well otherwise. They are raised about 3 feet off the floor because of the angle of the S/W sun and do not seem to be bothered by the lack of humidity in the house at this time of year.

The other tubers, which showed no signs of growth, I did not plant on the advice of those on this list, but they are firm and healthy in my veggie crisper where I am keeping an eye on them with the thought of keeping them dormant until the (Maritime Canada zone 5b) spring arrives and then planting them.

So far, so good. However, if they show any signs of breaking dormancy they will quickly join the others in a potted state of being until such time as I may introduce them to the whimsical vagaries of my backyard garden. If they do "switch", I intend to try some of them in the ground as tender annuals and keep others in pots as backup.

I will keep all informed of any successes and/or failures.

(Jim! Don't get grumpy about the weather ... It was -26 C here yesterday, -44 C with windchill.  So cold the ice isn't slippery. So much for zone 5b ...)

Best Regards,


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