planting Tecophilaea

Jane McGary
Mon, 26 Mar 2012 10:31:27 PDT
Ina in New Zealand wrote:
>I have some succulent mix and am wondering if that would be good to
>plant the Tecophilaea bulbs in.

If the "succulent mix" is mostly sand and grit, it should be 
suitable. The natural substrate of this species is sand and scree of 
volcanic origin (i.e., acidic), and the description of the 
rediscovered wild populations suggested to me that it is a snowmelt 
plant. I have a lot of them and grew them for many years in a mixture 
of coarse sand, ground pumice, and a little humus. Now they're in 
pure coarse volcanic-origin sand and gravel with some loam down 
below, and they are currently flowering vigorously. I fertilize them 
regularly during the growing season.

Jane McGary
Portland, Oregon, USA

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