Growing bulbs in the bay area

Jane McGary
Mon, 23 Jul 2012 17:16:25 PDT
I hope to be able to send a lot of Calochortus seed to the BX later 
this summer. Most of the species have not matured their seed yet.

This year I was prepared and wrote the abbreviated names of the 
species on white surgical tape, which I stuck around each stem; also 
identified the color of the different C. venustus forms.

The late-bloomers are just opening now: C. clavatus, C. weedii, C. 
plummerae. It's interesting that there are a few California Allium 
species that flower at this time too. The latest of the Pacific coast 
Themidaceae is opening now: Brodiaea californica.

I should think it would be very easy to grow Pacific coast species of 
Calochortus in San Francisco, especially if the property has the 
sandy soil I remember from when I lived there (out in the avenues). 
However, species from the northern and interior regions might be more 
difficult; they are definitely more recalcitrant in terms of 
germination. This is hardly something to lament, though, because the 
interior species are, for the most part, not as showy. As another 
post mentioned, Calochortus have to be protected from deer and 
rabbits, which will eat the flowering stems before they even open.

Jane McGary
Portland, Oregon, USA

At 02:32 PM 7/23/2012, you wrote:
>In message <003c01cd690b$1e882cd0$5b988670$>, Michael Mace
><> writes
> >>>How often do native species show up in the BX?
> >species.  There are usually a few Calochortus species each year, plus a

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