Frit. Imperialis - pH

James Waddick
Wed, 07 May 2008 10:40:43 PDT
>Might something as simple as pH  or readily available calcium be the answer
>to the culture of this plant? I put that hypothesis to the test last fall
>with a few bulbs of both Fritillaria imperialis and F. persica (and also F.

Dear Jim Mc,
	I grow the "Frits" persica and pallidiflora - maybe not great 
- but they multiply and bloom.

	My soil pH varies around the garden, but all distinctly above 
7 towards 9 and my tap water varies from 9 to 11.
	Every rock here with the exception of a few granitic glacial 
erratics is pure limestone.

	So I think I can cross off a simple pH as problematic here. 
Same for calcium.

	I can already feel the wallet getting lighter as I peruse the 
F. imperialis sellers.

	And by the way, does nay one know how the Dutch grow them so 
well that they can ship large bulbs in big quantities? Are these dug 
and stored each summer?

		Thanks and best
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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