Mary Sue Ittner msittner@mcn.org
Fri, 14 Apr 2006 07:40:52 PDT
Here in very wet coastal Northern California I find the cultivars I've 
tried are not only, not thugs, but disappear in the ground, but then I 
haven't tried some of the ones people are talking about. The one I have in 
my garden that is either just the species or maybe Wisley on the other hand 
is very tough requiring no special treatment, long blooming and spreads a 
lot. I have a white one shared by someone that does well in pots, but did 
not return in the ground. And this year I accidentally left a pot grown 
from  seed of the Alberto Castillo cultivar (which I understand wouldn't 
make it the cultivar unless it came true from seed) where it stayed damp 
during dormancy. Most of my Ipheions dry out completely even though we had 
a discussion on this list about this and the man Alberto Castillo suggested 
that plants would not be happy with this treatment and would do better with 
some summer water. So I had a chance to test this theory. Instead of 
helping, none of these bulbs came up when my others did. The others came 
into growth in October and the pot that had remained damp appeared in 
January and has yet to bloom. So in this case too much moisture was worse 
than none at all.  'Rolf Fiedler' is a lovely color of blue, but a short 
bloomer for me. It's always interesting the different experiences we have 
with the same plants.

Mary Sue

Mary Sue Ittner
California's North Coast
Wet mild winters with occasional frost
Dry mild summers 

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