What Is Your Oldest Plant?

Judy Glattstein jgglatt@gmail.com
Mon, 01 Oct 2012 13:54:57 PDT
The question (and Peter's answer) intrigues me.

Since we're PBS I suppose we should narrow the field. What's everyone 
oldest bulb / corm /tuber and what's their earliest bulb-related memory?

My question so I guess I get to go first.

I remember my mother grow some paper white narcissus in oyster shell 
chips. They were started off in the dark cupboard under the sink. That 
was a number of decades ago, more than I'm going to admit to in public.

For longevity - has to be the Cyclamen persicum that my parents brought 
back from Israel as a fell out along the roadside tuber from Jerusalem 
in 1973. No restrictions back then, though I have a faint recollection 
that my father was sent to the bathroom and wash it a bit more. This 
delightful plant has lived under grow lights behind a false wall in a 
Connecticut basement, in a cool guest room, and now has the luxurious 
accommodations of a cool greenhouse. It started into growth about a week 
ago and I look forward to its extravagance of bloom this winter.


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