Ranunculus asiaticus

Christine Council scamp@earthlink.net
Fri, 24 Feb 2006 21:15:40 PST
Dear Eugene:
Would you please contact me on my personal e-mail?
it is scamp@earthlink.net. I have something to ask you
about Georgia and New Jersey.  Thank you very much and
of course this is something I do from time to time.
I want to respond personally to something.
Chris Council            

> [Original Message]
> From: Eugene Zielinski <eez55@earthlink.net>
> To: <pbs@lists.ibiblio.org>
> Date: 2/24/2006 10:24:11 PM
> Subject: Re: [pbs] Ranunculus asiaticus
> R. asiaticus seed definitely doesn't have to be fresh to give good
> germination.  I've had successful germination (about 75%) from seed that
> was at least two years old, and stored at room temperature.  My problem
> that the plants seemed to stop growing after they produced a few true
> leaves.  This may have been because they germinated in the spring, and
> their growth was stopped by warm weather.  Seed appears to germinate best
> with warm days and cold nights, but I'm not 100% sure of that.
> I don't know of any commercial source for seed or tubers of the true
> species.  It is occasionally offered on the North American Rock Garden
> Society seed exchange, but not this year.
> Incidentally, Polunin and Huxley, in Flowers of the Mediterranean,
> the flowers as "often scarlet, but may be white, yellow, or orange."  The
> book has a great picture of the scarlet version on the cover.
> Eugene Zielinski
> Augusta, GA
> > Subject: [pbs] Ranunculus asiaticus
> > To: Pacific Bulb Society <pbs@lists.ibiblio.org>
> > 
> > Ranunculus asiaticus has various attractive color forms in the wild,
> > I've never seen it offered for sale. Rix's "Bulbs" describes it as
> "tender, 
> > killed at -10 [C]," which would not strike us on the Pacific Coast as 
> > "tender." Does anyone know where I can get some fresh seed or rhizomes
> > this plant?
> > 
> > Jane McGary
> > Northwestern Oregon, USA
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