Bessera in Hawai`i

Mon, 27 Aug 2007 21:48:58 PDT

Bessera elegans occurs over a wide area of western Mexico and within
that range elevation varies appreciably. I've seen it in Guerrero at
6000-7000ft and in Sinaloa at only a few hundred feet overlooking the
Pacific, where it was warm and muggy.

This is a good example of the importance of ascertaining the wild
origin of one's plants where possible, and obtaining as precise
information as possible.


On 8/27/07, Jacob Knecht <> wrote:
> Aloha friends,
> This was my first year growing Bessera, and it put on
> a breathtaking show. As of last week it has officially
> gone into dormancy.  From everything I have been told
> and read, I presume that in my climate, I ought to
> keep them dry from the onset of dormancy until April
> or May of the following year. Then water once or
> twice, waiting for leaves to break the surface until
> daily watering can be done with relative impunity
> during active growth until the season of growth comes
> to a close.
> I used a mix of 50% black cinder and 50% potting soil
> (a brand called Big R) that drains instantly.
> I wonder if it's precipitation that triggers their
> emergence or do seasonal temperature changes hold more
> sway?  My one concern is that my winter lows are not
> low enough (rarely go below 65F outdoors under my roof
> eaves where I keep dormant potted bulbs), and as such,
> they might need cooler temps to season them properly
> for the following year's growth.
> I realise that although Bessera's native latitude is
> similar to mine here in Hawai`i, but I hear that they
> grow at much higher altitudes.  I am at about 300'
> above sea level.
> Any reflections on Bessera cultivation at tropical
> latitudes would be greatly appreciated, as well as
> temperature data from their habitat, if anyone has
> access to it.
> Cheers,
> Jacob Knecht
> Honolulu, Hawai`i
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