Arum Italicum

James Yourch
Thu, 15 Jul 2004 07:35:24 PDT
Debra Burgess wrote:

>Jay posted a nice photo of his Arum italicum fruiting.
>I have a couple of bulbs in the garden and they have yet
>to bloom after several years in the ground. Sunny spot,
>good drainage, average amended soil. Any tips?


Were these seedlings or mature plants when they went in the ground, perhaps
they are just not mature enough?  Your culture information sounds right to
me, so they should bloom for you sometime.  Mine are planted on the eastern
edge of deciduous woods.  Here they are in bright shade during the spring
(active), summer (dormant, except for fruiting), and fall (active), but are
in full sun all winter (active).  The soil is moist and well drained during
the fall, winter, and spring, but is often dry during the summer because of
the thirsty tree roots.  Other geophytes that grow well for me in these same
conditions and add interest with fall blooms and winter greens are Lycoris
radiata, Sternbergia lutea, Rhodophiala bifida, and Cyclamen hederifolium.


Jay Yourch

Central North Carolina, USA (USDA Zone 7)   

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