Fritillaria imperialis

Judy Glattstein
Thu, 28 Aug 2008 11:02:47 PDT
Fritillaria imperialis grows well on a partially shaded clay / subsoil 
slope here in New Jersey near the Delaware Rive. Never disturbed after 
planting 10 or 12 years ago. Increasing by offsets. There are 5 groups, 
started with 3 or 5 bulbs per each. Not all bulbs in a clump flower, but 
some flower every spring.

Fritillaria meleagris grows quite well along the edge of woodland, and I 
believe it too is increasing.

My triage is as follows: little ones get planted before larger ones. 
Naked / no tunic get priority of those with tunic. Any that are known to 
root early - and I'd certainly include Fritillaria imperialis in this 
group - also receive earlier rather than later planting. Anyone who is 
late summer / autumn flowering, such as colchicum also receive priority. 
Who waits? Tulips especially.

Muscari 'Christmas Pearl' is already sending up foliage, silly things.

Judy in crispy New Jersey where the last rain was August 15. It's been 
sunny, cool, and crisp. Even weeds and trees are showing signs of 
stress, not to mention the water carrier.

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