Tecophilaea cyanocrocus "hybrids"

Roy Herold rrherold@gmail.com
Wed, 24 Aug 2016 13:31:28 PDT
When I made the crosses, I was hoping to see some offspring with
intermediate characteristics, like a smaller white zone. Instead, as
mentioned, the 'leichtlinii' coloration seems to be dominant. Some of the
corms I sent to the BX might be unbloomed, so watch for something out of
the ordinary.

Regarding culture, I've been following Rodger Whitlock's recommendation of
granite grit (not pumice) with a little organic matter. I've been using
screened peat/coir potting soil for the organics. They are in 4" plastic
pots, and don't get watered until the beginning of December, or when the
shoots are visible. The biggest problem I've had with them recently is
going dormant too early due to high temperatures in the greenhouse starting
in March. This year I sent them out to the unheated coldframe in March, and
they happily kept growing through June. Once they go dormant, they dry out
in the garage for the rest of the summer. Hence the extra corms for the BX.

NW of Boston


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