Nan Sterman TalkingPoints@PlantSoup.Com
Fri, 23 Nov 2012 14:32:50 PST
Joe, are your Velthemia in sun or shade?  Mine are in western facing shade (under a pepper tree) and they survived that heat just fine in inland Encinitas.  I wonder if the combination of heat and sun was what blasted the foliage.


On Nov 23, 2012, at 12:29 PM, Joseph Kraatz <> wrote:

> My Veltheimia go below freezing before Christmas most years.  Just seems to make them grow better. This year  we had the worst heat day since I've lived here on Sept 14 I was 106 degrees.  It went above 100 at 10am and didn't drop below 100 until 6pm.  What was strange about this heat was the high humidity. In s. Calif. heat normally occurs with very low humidity.   It totally blasted the foliage on all my Veltheimias.  Fortunately they recovered and I fertilized them and they all look great at this time.  I have a suspicion that the blasting of the foliage was because they couldn't transpire and cool down.  I get yellow flowers on  very few B. bracteata.  The yellows  never set seed and I just have to propagate by dividing the bulbs.  But,  I always sow the seed of the pink bracteata and about 2% produce yellow flowers.   Go figure!!  My V. capensis are now in full bloom.    I like the foliage but the flowers are very mottled and not nearly as attractive.  Joe,  Oceanside,
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