Help with Hessea stellaris

Leo A. Martin
Tue, 19 Aug 2014 00:28:54 PDT
Pamela Slate asked what to do with Hessea stellaris in the metro Phoenix area.

I have grown a number of Hessea and Strumaria from seed. Here they behave as
fall/winter/spring growers, going dormant in the summer. They are very tough plants and
survive a lot of neglect.

I would plant your new bulb in a deep container of a sandy mix. I have good luck with 20
or 32 ounce foam cups (holding about 2/3 to 1 liter; they are 6 inches / 15cm tall.) Set
the neck just below the soil surface so nothing is showing. Make sure the bulb is
well-settled by tapping the container on the ground a few times. Put it into your house
in a warm window unless you keep your house in the 70s F. Begin watering when either it
starts growing, or nights have been good and cool for 2-3 weeks. It will probably start
growing on its own at the right time.

Leo Martin
Phoenix Arizona USA

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