Maryland update
Mon, 18 Feb 2008 14:07:11 PST
On 14 Feb 08, at 21:20, Roy Herold wrote:

> Regarding Tecophilaea, ...following Rodger's directions planted
> them in a sandy gritty mix. 

That's a very dangerous way to live. <g> Let me emphasize that it's 
*granite* grit or sand you want, for the potassium it slowly 
releases, per on-web comments from a grower in the Los Angeles area.

Basalt, having the same chemical composition as granite, would do as 
well, ditto volcanic pumice.

> One question: are they self fertile, or should I try to cross the
> two?  

They're self-fertile if hand pollinated. I've read that the seeds are 
best germinated in a rather peaty mix (contrary to the preference of 
the mature bulbs), and that the seedlings are *very* slow to reach 
flowering size.

Summer treatment, according to our own Alberto Castillo, bone dry but 
not baked like a tulip. Put the pot in the shade to keep it cool.

Rodger Whitlock
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Maritime Zone 8, a cool Mediterranean climate

on beautiful Vancouver Island

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