How to grow Dichelostemma ida-maia in a cold climate

Michael Mace
Tue, 25 Mar 2014 10:45:57 PDT
Jane wrote:

>>I've grown this plant from coastal northern California (which doesn't
usually experience the extreme summer drought of the more southern and
interior areas) outdoors for many years in the Portland, Oregon, area.

Thanks for the correction, Jane. I think you're right, and that probably
explains why I've sometimes had trouble maintaining D. ida-maia in smaller

The question of how dry bulbs should be in the summer is very tricky. There
are definitely many California bulbs that don't want any water. But some
others need a bit of summer moisture, especially if the pot or bed stays
cool. The North American Fritillaria species are a good example; I have a
terrible time maintaining them, probably because my pots get too dry in

San Jose, CA

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