Maryland update

Jane McGary
Fri, 15 Feb 2008 10:10:04 PST
Roy Herold asked,
One question: are Tecophilaea plants self fertile, or should I try to cross 
the two?

I'm sorry, I don't know because I don't hand-pollinate mine. They are 
growing in an unheated frame and don't flower until mid to late March, when 
pollinators are present (mostly honeybees that come for the crocuses). I 
have a lot of different clones because I increased my original bulbs 
(purchased from Potterton & Martin) by growing their seeds. Judging from 
the report of the rediscovery of this species in the wild, it may be 
invalid to distinguish leichtlinii as a subspecies of variety; it's 
probably just a color form. I keep the two color forms about 30 feet apart 
but in the same frame, so they probably cross here, but the bulbs I sell 
are vegetative increase of those that have flowered so I do know which have 
the big white center characteristic of leichtlinii. I suspect that the deep 
blue forms with little or no white in the center are more common in 
horticulture because growers selected for this type.

Jane McGary
Northwestern Oregon, USA

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