Welwitschia: off topic

Jim McKenney jimmckenney@starpower.net
Sat, 11 Feb 2006 10:34:56 PST
Thanks, Donna, glad you enjoyed it.

Although I can take credit for keeping the Welwitschia alive for nine years,
I can't take credit for raising it from seed. That was done by a local
grower, Mark Lysne; if you Google his name and Welwitschia, you should find
an article he wrote years ago on germinating Welwitschia. Very cool plant. 

The Bowiea (is this an Ornithogalum yet?) got into the Welwitschia by
accident. It germinated there, so I left it there. I think someone looked at
that combination and said "Jim, you've put your two ugliest plants
together!" It's in the eyes of the beholder. 

When the Welwitschia was younger, and as I was gaining confidence in its
culture, I used to leave a weed or two in the pot with it. The function of
the weed was somewhat like that of the canary in the mines: when the weed
wilted, I figured it was time to water the Welwitschia. 

Jim McKenney
Montgomery County, Maryland, USA, USDA zone 7, where our snow storm has so
far been a gentle rain: I'm not complaining!

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