Calochortus / was Seed Propagation methods

Mark Mazer
Fri, 06 Feb 2009 16:29:01 PST
>I grow quite a lot of species in frames here and have lost few to 
>winter cold, even the coastal species such as C. obispoensis and C. 
>catalinae. They set seed readily, but populations I've raised from 
>home-saved seed show some hybridization among the Mariposa types. 
>Most take 4 to 5 years from sowing to flowering.

Alas, the move from northwest Connecticut to the coastal plain of North Carolina has devastated my collection of Calochortus, all from Ratko seed sown over the past 10 years. Fairly successful in the frost free greenhouse in Connecticut, most have proven untenable under glass in Hertford, no doubt due to high summer temps and humidity. Just today I began dumping pots of plants that have not appeared. I will make a list to post of those accessions that are surviving, albeit, no blooms so far this season nor last. Even those potted in pure sand have rotted. Ho hum, on to other genera.

Mark Mazer
Hertford, North Carolina USA 

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