Diane Whitehead
Mon, 16 May 2005 14:21:50 PDT
Some experiences from a friend who exhibited a pot of T. azureum at a 
local show, the first time I had seen it other than in pictures:

T. azureum - I didn't do anything special or different with it, just kept it
dryish during its summer dormancy.  Alas the T. azureum died along 
with everything else 2 winters ago.  It was in the cold greenhouse.

That year also my T. hookerianum was finally put
out of its misery by something, probably a rat? digging it out of the pot
it had sat dormant in for 4? years and gobbling it up.  The hookerianum
had put on good foliar growth the initial year of germination, then never
awoke again.  I would poke into the soil and find an ever-increasing firm
"potato" and hope it would leaf out next season.

Definitely never nary a leaf - my irritation accrued each year peering for
a sign of sprouting.  I mean, what's the point of growing an ornamental
plant if it never shows up? still, I hope the rat choked on the tuber.
It was about 2 to 3 inches down in its pot.

Diane Whitehead  Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
maritime zone 8
cool mediterranean climate (dry summer, rainy winter - 68 cm annually)
sandy soil

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