Repotting Repotted lachenalia and Crocus nerimaniae

John T Lonsdale
Mon, 23 Oct 2006 12:24:04 PDT
"Plunging is an invitation to root outside the pot. The roots aren't being
air-pruned when they hit the drain hole since there is a nice supply of
moisture continuing into the plunge. I'd leave well enough alone and enjoy
the show. No need to repot the repotted (yet)."

I'd second Carlo's advice.  I'm thrilled to see my newly repotted crocuses
and narcissi sending healthy roots out of the drainage holes in my
un-plunged plastic pots - it tells me that all is well.  I based the
selection of pot size on the number of bulbs I found when I repotted and I'd
never pot them on again now.  

I had a garden group visit on Saturday morning and one gentleman knocked a
pot of Iris nicolai bulbs off the bench onto the floor, tipping out the
contents in the process.  I wasn't overjoyed at the accident but was amazed
to see how much new root they had made in just a month - and the new shoots
were also appearing.  I potted them back up without letting the roots dry
and all should be well.

I also found what I assume was the first flowering of Crocus nerimaniae in
the USA.  Like C. wattiorum it is fall flowering, in the biflorus complex,
and has black anthers.  I want to compare it with wattiorum, which is not in
flower yet.  I'm not sure how distinct they really are from each other, and
whether they constitute 'good' species or are better placed as sub-species
of biflorus.  Does it matter - it is beautiful, and fragrant to boot!



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