Seed from Ismene Festalis

J.E. Shields
Wed, 20 Jul 2011 15:40:06 PDT
Hi David,

The seedling is alive and well, with two leaves growing.  I've no idea how 
long it will take to get to bloom size, but I've grown Ismene Festalis and 
relatives over the years.  I'm really eager to see what its flower will 
look like -- someday.  I really appreciate your sharing the seed with 
me.  I kept its pot inside the greenhouse until it started to grow this 
summer, when I moved it out to my deck with 50 or 100 other pots of various 

I'll keep you posted.


At 09:44 AM 11/29/2010 -0800, you wrote:
>Hi Jim,
>   I'm the one who sent you the seed.  My xfestalis produced two seeds 
> this year;
>I sent you one, and planted the other myself.  Alas, a bird plucked mine 
>out and
>devoured it before it germinated.
>   I'm glad you wrote about it -- I was wondering how it was 
> progressing.  You
>have to be careful with the seedling now -- while it has rooted, this is its
>dormant time, and it can rot if kept too moist.  It won't leaf out until late
>spring - early summer.  At least, that's how my earlier xfestalis seedlings
>   I don't know how long it will take to get to blooming size; mine have 
> not yet
>reached that size.  I'm quite anxious to see it flower -- whether it is 
>true to
>type, especially as xfestalis is supposed to be a sterile hybrid.
>David E.
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Jim Shields             USDA Zone 5
P.O. Box 92              WWW:
Westfield, Indiana 46074, USA

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