Fritillaria Raddeana Question

Jim McKenney
Thu, 13 Sep 2012 10:36:24 PDT
I would add that although it looks much like a smaller version of the crown imperial, it is much more easily managed under my conditions. I grow it as a pot plant and keep it dry from the time the above ground parts of the plant naturally mature until things cool off in the autumn. I've known of plants which have survived for a while in other local gardens, but a bulb I planted in the open in a medium with some organic matter survived only two years here. I'll never use peat with these plants again. Plants here typically appear above ground very early and break ground flowers first so that the first flowers often open at ground level. It's also not unusual for them to be frozen overnight several times. 

My impression is that it's very important to keep this one dry during the summer. 

Jim McKenney
Montgomery County, Maryland, USA, USDA zone 7


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