Mary Sue Ittner
Fri, 15 Apr 2005 21:22:40 PDT
Dear Merrill,

If you have a source for Scoliopus I think you could try it. Before you 
joined out list I posted some information from Ian Young who grows it 
successfully in Scotland and his technique includes adequate fertilize and 
regular water. A plant I purchased at a CNPS plant sale and planted in my 
garden in a shady spot did not survive, but I suspect now the soil dried 
out too much in summer. That spot didn't get much water in summer and what 
I did provide the redwood roots no doubt sucked up quickly. In the wild 
Scoliopus plants are often found in very wet spots and are probably far 
enough down in the ground that the roots do not dry out very much even 
during our dry summers. I've been adding seed if I come upon it to other 
areas of my garden hoping to find a place it will like. Time will tell.

Mary Sue

At 07:49 AM 4/15/05 -0700, you wrote:
>Hi Mary Sue,
>Thanks for sharing!  Scoliopus was one of those plants that I looked for
>while I lived in Oregon, but was never able to locate one.  I had also
>wanted to work it into the collections at the Oregon Garden, but was
>'downsized' before that could happen.  How do you think it would fair in a
>woodland in Palo Alto?  I've got a good humus soil that comes fairly close
>to a coastal situation.  Anybody have one in the area?
>Palo Alto, CA zone 9/10 where the Watsonia borbonica are blooming and I
>picked up some Wachendorfia thyrsiflora yesterday to try...
>-----Original Message-----
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>On Behalf Of Mary Sue Ittner
>Sent: Thursday, April 14, 2005 5:02 PM
>To: Pacific Bulb Society
>Subject: [pbs] Scoliopus
>Gerhard Stickroth sent me a picture of Scoliopus bigelovii blooming in
>Germany grown by friend Josef Mayr who has given permission to add it to
>the wiki. I was quite amazed to see all these flowers together since in the
>wild it is tucked into corners here and there in the shady forest so I've
>never seen a photo opportunity where you could capture so many flowers at
>once. Also since this plant usually grows in the shade, the lack of light
>and shadows make good pictures a challenge. Josef is growing his plants in
>full sun in a former pond where he has changed the soil. I always find it
>fascinating to learn about the different ways people grow plants
>successfully. I don't know how cold it is where he lives, but he has found
>a system that works. Read about it and see the picture below. I guess I
>need to give my plants more nutrients and  more light besides the new
>regimen of additional summer water.
>Mary Sue
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