Tropaeoleum tuberosum
Wed, 01 Jun 2011 19:19:54 PDT
On 31 May 2011, at 20:14, Peter Taggart wrote:

> I grow this plant in England, I bought it as the form Ken Astlet but I don't
> know if it is this form. Provided the frosts arrive late,  it flowers for me,
> normally September / October.

That doesn't sound like 'Ken Aslet' but, rather, the ordinary form. The plant's 
flowering period is controlled by day length, hence its late flowering.

'Ken Aslet', the real thing, will flower in July. However, it seems to be quite 
rare, in part because the nursery stocks are contaminated with the fall-
flowering type. The only way to get the real thing is to buy the plant in 
flower in mid-summer but even then it's a rather frail plant, perhaps due to 
virus infection.

I've had starts of 'Ken Aslet' a couple of times, but in my present garden with 
its wintertime quagmire, it has always petered out within a very few years.

Rodger Whitlock
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

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