A mystery solved, sort of - Sternbergia colchiciflora

Jane McGary janemcgary@earthlink.net
Fri, 02 Feb 2007 13:32:48 PST
Brian wrote about bulbs flowering down in the ground:
Try to flower on "very" short stems if they are kept
>too dry over winter, presumably they have not formed a proper root system
>and cannot get enough water.

I wonder if something like this is going on with one particular bulb of 
Fritillaria eduardii I have. Even though it's planted right with 3 or 4 
sibling bulbs, this one always tries to flower a month earlier than the 
others and doesn't emerge properly. Maybe it has some genetic error that 
lowers its vigor, but it doesn't die because of being coddled in cultivation?

Jane McGary
Northwestern oregon, USA

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