Sleeping Beauties from South America and double wild Narcissus

Wed, 12 Mar 2008 22:50:18 PDT
That is strange beacause I nearly lost my Rolf Fiedler through cold until it 
wen't back into the greenhouse which has some minimal heat.Now I have two 
pot fulls after going down to one or two bulbs.It is just as you say all the 
baby bulbs died in the freeze.Nothing happened for a year.I nearly gave up 
but tipped out the bulbs from thier pot and as there was still a week leaf 
or two I persisted.And voilĂ  the result.Wisley blue can cope with much more 
cold.I have lost Charlotte Bishop sadly ,but Alberto Castillio is in the 
open garden and flowers whenever it feels like it and the weather is not too 
cold.I must try to get some more clones.I have to get everything from 
England which is a drag...
Double clones of Narcissus pseudonarcissus are coming out now.I have seven 
or eight diffrent ones.Who else grows or likes these?The woods around here 
in Normandy are yellow with them.Sunday I found a pale citron single form in 
the woods by the sea here.
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> Some years ago, a pot of Beauverdia sellowiana (aka Ipheion
> sellowianum, and now considered as Nothoscordum something-or-other)
> was exposed to more cold than it could handle. But instead of the
> bulbs rotting away, they simply went totally dormant. Every year I'd
> inspect the pot, note the absence of new growth, tip it out, and see
> endless bulbs just sitting there with no trace of root or top growth.
> The smaller bulblets dwindled in numbers, but the larger ones seemed
> to hold their own.
> Someone posted a message here on the PBS mailing list in which they
> mentioned using heat to give some sluggish amaryllidaceous plant a
> kick in the ribs and wake up to active growth. Following this tip, I
> moved my Beauverdia into the house and parked in inside a south-
> facing patio door where it got full sun most of the day and the soil
> was warmed up well and truly.
> This strategy worked; the Beauverdia soon came back to life and has
> thriven to this day, though flowers remain few.
> This last week I was making the rounds of the coldframes and observed
> two other Iphieon-ish bulbs showed only a very few grassy leaves.
> These were seedlings of Ipheion 'Alberto Castillo' and Ipheion 'Rolf
> Fiedler' (now Tristagma something-or-other). On tipping the pots out,
> it was the same story all over again with both of them: plenty of
> healthy bulbs, but no roots and no top growth.
> These are now undergoing the patio door treatment and I have my
> fingers crossed. I'll give this mailing list a report in a month or
> two when the experiment will have failed or succeeded.
> I wonder how widespread in the Amaryllidaceae this kind of behavior
> is. Has anyone else noticed it and, if so, in what species? Or is
> this behavior restricted to Ipheion and its close relatives?
> PS: Ipheion uniflora itself seems immune to cold: flats of seedlings
> of 'Froyle Mill' exposed to the full onslaught of winter cold and
> rain have plenty of foliage and even some flowers.
> -- 
> Rodger Whitlock
> Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
> Maritime Zone 8, a cool Mediterranean climate
> on beautiful Vancouver Island
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