What species takes the longest to flower from seed?

David Pilling david@pilling.demon.co.uk
Mon, 23 May 2016 05:06:28 PDT

On 23/05/2016 01:05, Mary Sue Ittner wrote:
> So many environmental factors go into how fast a bulb goes from seed to
> flower.

Knowing how long is useful information though. Minimum and typical values.

One can then estimate how likely one is to kill a plant per year and 
decide if things are worth attempting.

I am still unhappy about a seed company that sold me seeds giving the 
impression they would flower in a year, when it turned out seven years 
of good conditions is typical.

Beware of the phrase "a little patience is required" in seed catalogues. 
Translates as "Methuselah grew this".

The interplay of how long it takes to flower and growing conditions is 
interesting - the first points to how ideal the second are. From the 
gardeners point of view - because some species don't flower until stressed.

David Pilling

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