Soils and flower color

Rodger Whitlock
Mon, 18 May 2015 14:21:45 PDT
On 17 May 2015, at 19:11, Peter Taggart wrote:

> That period of semi-dryness [which serves to maintain plants in drought
> mode] so important for bulbs lasts longer in small particle soils than in
> granular, when soils are drying out and bulbs are 'dormant'

Cyclamen, for example, imbibe moisture via the roots even in dormancy. Try 
lifting a cyclamen tuber in summer and leaving it on a shelf. It will soon get 

Tulips pose another interesting example of how people misinterpret words. It's 
commonly said that tulips need to be dry in summer, and a fair number of people 
misinterpret this as meaning a sandy soil. Nothing could be further from the 
truth; tulips do best in a rather heavy clay-ish soil that goes dry in the 
summer. Put them in a lean, sandy soil and they won't thrive like they do in a 
heavier soil.

Rodger Whitlock
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Z. 7-8, cool Mediterranean climate

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