Is eremurus high or low water?

N Sterman TalkingPoints@PlantSoup.Com
Sun, 17 Sep 2006 09:17:13 PDT
Is there another bulb whose culture is similar?  Do eremurus grow  
anything like the South African bulbs?

On Sep 17, 2006, at 6:20 AM, Kelly O'Neill wrote:

>>  Is this a low water or regular water bulb?
> I probably only have Hybrids doing well here. That said, They are  
> easy and
> do great here for me. I think they prefer a south facing slope and  
> a rather dry
> season in summer. Mine are in a clay loam, usually, with alliums.  
> They are
> big spider shaped things planted very shallowly (for their size).  
> The crowns
> are basically at the surface, legs a bit deeper. They are best  
> divided (teased
> apart) / moved every 3 to 5 years in the driest summer time. They  
> do not like
> to have their spider legs bent at the "crown" or to be out of the  
> ground very
> long. I do not crowd them and I try to water and fertilize in  
> spring (before they
> bloom). Most of mine are under black weed control fabric  (Dewitt).  
> They
> begin growing in late winter. They are moist to wet all winter  
> here. I'd guess
> they do not prefer much wetness before they begin growing. I wonder  
> if they
> (or some kinds) come from areas that are VERY WET during their growth
> season (wetland and/or snowmelt maybe?) and then dry in summer. I  
> think
> they like to be fed well, though I do not do so often. I have not  
> done well at
> getting seedlings to thrive and think feeding them well during  
> their short
> growth season is likely the key to bulking them up. Careful with  
> that idea,
> however, it might kill 'em :-). I may just need to be more patient  
> and keep
> ahead of weeds better?  KellyO
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