Fritillaria purdyi saga

Jane McGary
Mon, 28 May 2007 19:24:25 PDT
Jim McKenney asked about the near-fatal collapse of a Fritillaria purdyi 
bulb he got from me. He thought he might have dried it out too much.

I keep this species quite dry in summer, but the bulbs are in clay pots 
that are plunged in sand in frames. If Jim's bulb was exposed to high heat 
(as it may have been since he lives in an area with greater summer heat 
than I do), it may have become too dry. The bulbs of this species that I 
sold are not fully mature. Also, he might not have planted it deeply 
enough, so it was too close to the soil surface and not as well protected 
from summer heat.

F. purdyi is not one of the easier species to grow. It does not increase 
well vegetatively, but I usually get enough seeds to grow more from seed. 
Here, it has hybridized with F. biflora, and the hybrids seem quite 
vigorous; they are also fertile. It's easy to distinguish them because they 
have foliage more like biflora, even if the flowers are more like purdyi.

Jane McGary
Northwestern Oregon, USA

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