Gymnospermum alberti

Hans und Babs Joschko
Fri, 14 Jul 2006 00:10:02 PDT
Dear Jane ,

Many thanks for all your detailed informations and advices .
It is not a problem with this terms ( sand , gritt .....) - I know it .
Now I will pot my tuber and I hope to see in next year the flowers .

With best wishes

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An: Pacific Bulb Society
Betreff: Re: [pbs] Gymnospermum alberti

In answer to Hans's questions about this plant, which I grow a lot:

>What kind of soil like this plants ?
Very well drained, such as a soil with much coarse (sharp, rough, large)
sand and grit (small pieces of stone) (sorry I am traveling far from my
German dictionary). In my bulb frames, it often grows in the pure sand of
the plunge medium, because the seeds are carried around by ants (they have a
sort of structure like an aril  that attracts ants to eat it, leaving the
main part of the seed in a good place to grow).

>How deep sould I plant this tuber ?'
A 50 mm tuber is flowering size or nearly so, and so you should plant it at
least 10 cm deep or even deeper.

>Which side of the tuber is above
This is almost impossible to tell when it is dormant, but sometimes you can
see a little depression (hollow, hole) where the stems were, and that is the
top. If it is a bit flattened, put it with a narrow side up, and the plant
will grow as it needs to.

>Which size of pot ?
At least 25 cm diameter, so it has enough depth; and when you place the pot
in your alpine house or frame, be sure not to put it beside any tiny,
delicate plants, because the big leaves can smother their neighbors.

Jane McGary
Northwestern Oregon, USA

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