Seed from Ismene Festalis

J.E. Shields
Wed, 20 Jul 2011 15:50:20 PDT
While we're on the subject, I would like to obtain bulbs (or seeds, if such 
exist) of fertile bulbs of Ismene narcissiflora and Ismene 
longipetala.  Bulbs of I. hawkesii would also be great.  I want to do some 
experimental breeding with Ismene and Hymenocallis, and while I have the 
Hymenocallis, I only have David's very young Ismene seedling right now.

Trade or buy, one or more bulbs of each would be good to get.  Contact me 
off-list using jshields at indy dot net as address if you can't find it in 
the header from this message.

Over 30 years ago, I had narcissiflora, hawkesii, longipetala, and 
amancaes.  I did not then have any luck getting fertile seeds; but the 
summers seem a lot hotter now, and I think that might help get seed to 
set.  I want to try their pollen on Hymeno. liriosme and Hymeno. 
occidentalis.  I've given up on amancaes; it's too rare and too hard to grow.

Jim Shields

At 06:40 PM 7/20/2011 -0400, you wrote:
>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.

Jim Shields             USDA Zone 5
P.O. Box 92              WWW:
Westfield, Indiana 46074, USA

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