Flowering time of Puschkinia scilloides var. libanotica in Vancouver, BC?

ds429@frontier.com ds429@frontier.com
Fri, 28 Aug 2015 14:40:21 PDT
I have worked on learning how to force spring flowering bulbs for years. For me, success depends mostly what conditions I can provide after the bulbs have been lifted out of their chilling chamber. With the hyacinth and muscari cultivars that are usually available for cheap these days, the important factors are cool temps (<55 F) and lots of light.

Dell in Zone 5/6 West Virginia

From: Nathan Lange
Sent: ‎Friday‎, ‎August‎ ‎28‎, ‎2015 ‎4‎:‎43‎ ‎PM
To: Rick Buell via pbs

Another option is to try "forcing" some bulbs in pots which would 
allow you to control the timing of flowering with much more 
precision. Assuming you have a suitable location for cooling the 
potted bulbs after they have rooted in for at least a month, you 
could begin forcing the pots after about 12 to 14 weeks of cooling 
over a range of time thereby guaranteeing that some are in flower on 
the desired date, flowering maybe 2 to 3 weeks from the start of 
forcing depending on the forcing temperature (that is a guess). There 
is plenty of online info for other spring bulbs, likely less for 
Puschkinia. I have always found hyacinths and Convallaria to be the 
easiest. Some keys to success are scheduling, proper rooting before 
cooling, using as many bulbs that will fit in the pot, weighting the 
bulbs down while rooting, and, most importantly, correct temperature 
management from beginning to flower.


At 10:55 AM 8/26/2015, you wrote:
>I realize there are so many climatic factors to consider, but 
>wondered if anyone had a best guess of flowering time for Puschkinia 
>scilloides var. libanotica
>in West Vancouver, British Columbia?  My hope is that it will flower 
>for Iranian New Year (Nowruz) around March 21st.  Thank you.
>-          Amelia Sullivan (Zone 8/9)

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