Massonia pollination

Wed, 26 Dec 2007 15:53:49 PST
I am not sure how big a gallon (US) size pot is, but in my limited experience of Massonias the top surface area is more important than the volume, and as the dinner plates are side by side they can need a flat surface almost 18" wide to appreciate them best, otherwise they wrap themselves around the pot as they grow. Now if only I could tell which way the two leaves would come up I could orientate a long wide plant container correctly. Plunging a round pot as they start to enlarge is my best attempt yet, as you can swivel it to align the leaves and keep them flat in a "window box" type container.
  How should I feed Massonia? I assume that they come from naturally deficient soils so am reluctant to feed too often, and they need little water in winter here so I have few chances anyway. If I am unable to plant out, is a large oversized pot of poorish slow feed compost the best compromise, with an occasional high potash feed?
  The 2" wide flower head of 1 of my M. pustulata was at its best a week ago. I have never had any seed from it in past years. Is there any special way of inducing seed for this plant?
  Brian Whyer, Buckinghamshire, England, zone ~8

"Leo A. Martin" <> wrote:
  By the way, if you plant a Massonia bulb in a 1-gallon pot you will soon
have a plant with dinner-plate sized leaves.

Leo Martin
Phoenix Arizona USA

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