Leucojum/Acis autumnale and Lewisia

Boyce Tankersley btankers@chicagobotanic.org
Tue, 04 May 2004 06:20:13 PDT
Hi John:

Yes, they leafed out right after flowering. Then winter hit and whatever foliage was above ground got hit pretty hard. After temps warmed up (relatively - we went to 28 degrees F on Monday morning)the foliage started to appear again. I am hoping the bulbs made enough growth last fall to be able to put forth some foliage this spring in an effort to survive the rigors of our climate. Time will tell, but initial results are encouraging.

Boyce Tankersley

-----Original Message-----
From: John Lonsdale [mailto:john@johnlonsdale.net]
Sent: Monday, May 03, 2004 8:21 PM
To: 'Pacific Bulb Society'
Subject: RE: [pbs] Re: Leucojum/Acis autumnale and Lewisia

< We've had Leucojum autumnalis (or Acis) in our Rock Garden for a couple of
years. The winter of year before last was colder than average with no snow
cover. This last winter has also been colder than average but we kept around
4" of snow from January 1 through the first week of March. Spring did not
arrive until mid-April. The Leucojum autumnalis flowered very well last fall
and foliage is up and looking perky this spring.>


I'm intrigued by your comments above, implying that your Leucojum autumnale
flowered in the fall but didn't leaf out until this spring.  Wherever I've
grown this plant, in several dubiously distinct forms, it has always leafed
out a matter of a few days to a couple of weeks after flowering, never the
following spring.  I grow them as pot subjects now, in the garden here they
flowered fine but the leaves were quickly trashed by ice, snow and repeated
freeze-thaws.  By spring there was nothing left above ground, and, in a
raised bed, precious little below ground!


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