Rhodophiala bifida in KC

James Waddick jwaddick@kc.rr.com
Fri, 07 Sep 2007 10:41:36 PDT
Dear all,
	I thought I'd refrain from any comments on this topic, but 
sometime bulbs bloom.

	I have two plantings of this species-both from 'northern', 
'hardy' collections. One has been in a pot in the greenhouse since 
2005. I was surprised to see it in both nearly full leaf and the 
first flower opening. This after a VERY hot dry summer.  I brought 
the pot up to the deck near the hummingbird feeder, hoping it might 
distract the gang of hummers that fight over the feeder. There's 
seating for six, but any one will keep all the others away. Do 
hummers visit Rhodophialia?

	My second plant from Joe Shaw (Thanks Joe) went into a raised 
bed outdoors. Foliage came up this spring looking healthy, but was 
frozen in peak growth by late April freezes. So far no sign of new 
growth of flowers or leaves although subject to even more extremes of 
heat and dry outside.  Might they still appear? Especially after a 
decent rain?

	The first bloom caused me to check out the Rhodophialia wiki 
page and I read that flowers appear before foliage, but pictures seem 
to hint tat some foliage was present. So Is the foliage synchronous 
with the flower stalks?

	And Fred good to hear of survival in Boston in the ground. 
Gives me some hope.

		Best	Jim W.
Dr. James W. Waddick
8871 NW Brostrom Rd.
Kansas City Missouri 64152-2711
Ph.    816-746-1949
Zone 5 Record low -23F
	Summer 100F +

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