Lachenalia and Albuca

J.E. Shields
Tue, 09 Nov 2004 11:24:55 PST
Hi Joe and all,

I think Lachenalia are strongly a matter of personal taste.  I have to grow 
mine inside the greenhouse of course.  Right now, L. rubida is in full 
bloom, but starting to fade a bit.

Flower buds are just starting to shoot on L. viridiflora.  This and rubida 
are probably my favorites.  L. mutabilis and L. pustulata seem to be too 
weedy for my taste.  That is, the leaves are etiolated and pale.  The 
scapes are long, lanky, and tend to flop over.  This may be due to the 
relatively weak sunlight here in the North in winter, at 40°N latitude, 
compared to the stronger winter sun they get in South Africa at ca. 33°S 
latitude.  Besides, here they are under glass, but there they are under the 
wide open sky!

If I were only going to grow two varieties, they would be LL. rubida and 
viridiflora.  L. rubida increases very abundantly, while viridiflora 
increases much more slowly.  I am also rather fond of L. aloides 
quadricolor and of L. bulbifera.  L. bulbifera increases fast while 
quadricolor seems to increaser more slowly.

Best regards,
Jim Shields
in central Indiana (USA)
USDA zone 5, 40°N, 83°W, el. ca. 800 ft (240 m) above sea level
Avg. minimum temp ca. -12°F (ca. -24°C), avg. high temp ca, 96°F (ca. 35°C)
Avg. annual precipitation ca. 30 to 40 inches (750 - 1000 mm)

Jim Shields             USDA Zone 5             Shields Gardens, Ltd.
P.O. Box 92              WWW:
Westfield, Indiana 46074, USA
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