Pacific Bulb Society BX 373
Sun, 28 Dec 2014 08:10:44 PST
Dear All,

      The items listed below have been donated by our members and friends to be shared.

If you are interested in obtaining some of them, please email me PRIVATELY at
Include "BX 373" in the subject line.

        Specify the NUMBERS of the items which you would like; do not specify quantities. It is a good idea to include your snail mail address, too, in case I do not already have it. Availability is based on a first come, first served system. When you receive your seeds/bulbs you will find, included with them, a statement of how much money (usually $2.00/share of seeds or $3 - $5/share of bulbs)(cash, check, or Pay Pal to <>; no money orders, please) you should send the PBS treasurer. Postage and packaging charges are added.

    Many of you are subscribers to this pbs elist which is free, but are not members of the Pacific Bulb Society which has a yearly membership charge. THIS BX OFFERING IS AVAILABLE ONLY TO MEMBERS of the Pacific Bulb Society. If you are not a member, consider joining so that you can take advantage of future offers such as this. Go to our website: <> 

        If you would like to donate seeds or bulbs/corms to the PBS,(Donors will receive credit on the BX for the cost of postage for their donations.), please send CLEAN, clearly labeled plant materials to:

Dell Sherk
55 W. High St.
Salem, WV 26426

Non US donors should contact Dell for instructions before sending seeds.

From Arnold Trachtenberg:

1. Bulbs of Cyrtanthus hybrid, orange-scarlet trumpets.

From Dell Sherk:

2. Seeds of Clivia "Solomone light orange x yellow" selfed

From Rimmer de Vries:

3. Small bulbs of Tulipa sylvestris

From Uli Urban:

4. Small tubers of Nymphaea sp. ??,  purple/blue, tuberous. I am very pleased to be able to share 
these tubers this year. I got this plant under the name of N. daubenyana 
which it is definetely not.  The closest I came when I compared pictues 
on the web is the Hybrid 'Tina' . A magnificent aquatic with large very 
fragrant purple-blue flowers with yellow center that last several days 
and which are held above the water surface. In summer it needs as warm 
water as possible, mine is growing in a free standing tank of black 
plastic which is warmed up by the sun. No artificial heating. Fertilized 
with Osmocote which does not trouble the water. It should perform very 
well in warm summer climates in the US. It is viviparous which means 
that it can form young plants on the leaves. This is stimulated by cool 
temperatures and as we had an exceptionally long and mild autumn I could 
harvest a lot of small tubers that formed on the leaves where the stalk 
is attached. Some of these had sprouted and formed small leaves and 
roots. These small tubers should be kept slighty moist in sphagnum or 
peat or the like, I treated them with a fungicide to prevent rot. In 
spring they should be started in warm water in an aquarium with extra 
light and planted out into their summer basin once the water is warm 
enough. I start mine in May at 25°C in small pots and plant them into a 
large pot in the tank in June. In warmer climes this can be done earlier.
The adult tubers reach about nut-size. After the first frost (I had 
flowers poking through a thin layer of ice, frozen of course) I remove 
the pot from the tank, cut off all the leaves at about 15cm from the 
base, give a GOOD spray of fungicide and dry down the pot slowly. I 
remove all remains of leaf stalks as they die down. Before it is totally 
dry it is wrapped into a plastic bag and stored at about 12°C until May. 
I had some losses if the pot gets too dry or if mildew attacks while 
still very wet. I have never had leaf tubers in autumn so this is an 
experiment for me, too. I keep some of the sprouted tubers in unheated 
water in the cold greenhouse, they look o.k. so far.

5. Begonia martiana var gracilis (syn. B. gracilis), the "hollyhock begonia" The material 
supplied is not seed but small bulbili which are produced en masse at 
the end of the growing period. These should be "sown" immediately on 
receipt and kept just barely moist. Begonia martiana sprouts fairly late 
at the end of May. If kept totally dry these bulbili may dessicate and 
die. A very rewarding beautiful plant. But needs some patience if grown 
from these bulbili.

6. Seed of Nerine bowdenii (?) Type Human. originally from wild seed sent by David 
Human. This is a VERY hardy plant with large bulbs and a large 
inflorescence with fairly small very frilled pink flowers. Different 
from ordinary N. bowdenii. Knowlegable people commented that this may 
not be N. bowdenii but a different species. It takes a while to raise a 
flowering plant from seed but is very much worth the patience. Has 
survived the coldest winter with a good mulch and overhead protection 
from winter wet. Seed needs immediate sowing as it already starts to sprout.

7. Seed of Nerine bowdenii Type Oswald. The origin of this form cannot be traced. I 
got very good bulbs from Mr Oswald from former East Germany where it was 
grown for a long time. East Germany was fairly isolated from the West 
during communist times but had an active gardening tradition. Many 
breeding programmes emphasized hardiness with the (political) aim to be 
independent and self sufficient. He grew these bulbs amongst the beans 
and strawberries in rows in his vegetable garden and gave it a very 
thick winter mulch made of compost and stable manure. A very good plant, 
hardy in almost all winters with a good mulch and overhead protection 
against winter wet. Typical bright pink Nerine bowdenii flowers. Needs 
immediate sowing.

Thank you, Arnold, Rimmer, and Uli !!

Best wishes,


Dell Sherk, PBS BX

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