Alberto Castillo ezeizabotgard@hotmail.com
Sun, 12 Jun 2005 11:29:17 PDT

>From: "Marie-Paule" <marie-paule.opdenakker@pandora.be>
>Reply-To: Pacific Bulb Society <pbs@lists.ibiblio.org>
>To: <pbs@lists.ibiblio.org>
>Subject: [pbs] HIERONYMIELLA AUREA & amarygia PARKERI 'ALBA'
>Date: Fri, 10 Jun 2005 23:25:45 +0200
>Hello friends of bulbs and other plants,
>I have a HIERONYMIELLA AUREA  very small baby bulb.And a amarygia parkeri 

>should  the bulb be planted  with their neck just above soil level like the 
>amaryllis? do they have benefit if there is been added a great deal of well 
>rotted organic material? all aid and information are most welcome.
>Thank You in advance,of a beginner.


Hi Marie-Paule:
                    X Amarygia (or X Brunsdonna) behaves as  summer 
dormant-autumn/winter/spring growing bulb. Give it a well drained soil and 
use a really big pot leaving in it to grow fat and finally flower. It will 
enjoy full sun and warmish conditions. The cooler you grow it the longer it 
will take to maturity. Temperatures should be equivalent for Freesia 
cultivation (as a winter grower). Yes, it deveops a short thick neck that 
protrudes some 5-10 cm from the soil level. Roots ar thick are perennial and 
must not be damaged.
                    All Hyeronimiellas develop long necks that must be 
underground, only the leaves protruding from the soil level. H. aurea is an 
alpine plant that spends the winter in dormancy under snow. It comes from a 
cool droughland plateau high in the Andes where it is never warm. Its soil 
in the wild is a mix of several sizes of sand and a sort of silt.  The 
plants sprout in late spring and receive water during late spring, summer 
and early autumn, flowering in mid to late summer. Dormancy is from late 
autumn to midspring. The temperatures in the wild can be deceiving as the 
bulbs are deep in the soil and under a thick layer of snow. In other words, 
the envronment is pretty cold but the bulbs may not. In climates like this 
here (say zone 9-10) the plants only produce foliage and although surviving 
many years never flower. Alkaline soils and full sun in the wild.
All the best

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