Calochortus--TOW--High Elevation Species

J.E. Shields
Thu, 11 Nov 2004 05:23:19 PST
Hi all,

The seeds of Calochortus macrocarpus need stratification to germinate --  I 
treat them like seeds of Gladiolus imbicatrus:  put seeds in a small 
plastic zip-top bag, add a little moisture, and put in the 
refrigerator.  Every few weeks, look to see if any have germinated 
yet.  When they do, plant them in a flat and after planting, don't let them 
dry out too much until they are well established.

My problem is keeping them alive after I get them germinated.

Jim Shields
in central Indiana

At 09:42 AM 11/10/2004 -0800, you wrote:
>The soils where it grows are volcanic and, where I've seen it, extremely 
>rocky and well drained. I've never been able to germinate the seed of this 
>or of another nearly local plant, C. macrocarpus. Good thing I can drive 
>for an hour or so and see them in the wild!
>Jane McGary
>Northwestern Oregon, USA

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