Moraea polystacha

Paul T.
Wed, 03 Feb 2010 22:59:06 PST
At 07:14 AM 4/02/2010, you wrote:
>Mike, Don't get carried away about Moraea polystacha. It is a female 
>species and thus is the most unpredictable of the moraeas. She may 
>dazzle you one year and then make no appearance the next. She may 
>bloom early or bloom late or turn up in some other pot. However, we 
>can't help but love her.

Try growing it from seed then....... you'll end up with a good clump 
of bulbs so that there are some that always grow and flower, when 
others are having their little tantrum and staying dormant for the 
year.  I have a couple of corms that haven't surfaced in the last 6 
years, but they're still fine.  I also have a pot of seedlings of a 
"dwarf" form that only grows to 18 inches..... these produce a 
wonderful display every year and I love them.  They aren't up yet, 
but seedlings in a pot from my old ones that flowered years ago 
(which grow to about 3 feet tall) are already putting up growth now, 
something like 2 months earlier than they should.  Very strange 
season we're having here, which is confusing lots of things.

Anyway, just wanted to mention a way of circumventing Moraea 
polystachyas tendency to sulk some years...... you get enough 
seedlings going and you are never aware of the ones that skip years, 
because there are always SOME that grow and flower for you. <grin>


Paul T.
Canberra, Australia - USDA Zone Equivalent approx. 8/9

Growing an eclectic collection of plants from all over the world 
including Aroids, Crocus, Cyclamen, Erythroniums, Fritillarias, 
Galanthus, Irises, Trilliums (to name but a few) and just about 
anything else that doesn't move!! 

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