Tecophilaea cyanocrocus "hybrids"

Roy Herold rrherold@gmail.com
Tue, 30 Aug 2016 09:10:45 PDT

Go to your nearest farm supply store and ask for chicken grit. I get mine
as 'Gran-i-Grit' from Agway. They seem to have stores in NJ--call ahead to
make sure they have it.

It comes in several grades. Starter (#0), about 1mm,  is good for small
bulbs or as top dressing seed pots. Grower (#1) is a bit larger, about 2mm.
Bigger yet are Developer and Turkey sizes. You may want to screen out the
dust before using.

Agway is also a good source for Dry Stall pumice.

NW of Boston, where Haemanthus coccineus from BX 346 is starting to bloom

On Wed, Aug 24, 2016 at 4:57 PM, Arnold140 <arnold140@verizon.net> wrote:

> Hi Roy
> What's your source for granite grit in these parts.
> Arnold
> Northern NJ
> Sent from my iPhone
> > On Aug 24, 2016, at 4:26 PM, Roy Herold <rherold@yahoo.com> wrote:
> >
> > 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. Hence the extra corms for the BX.
> >
> > --Roy
> > NW of Boston
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