Pacific Bulb Society BX 416

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 05:38:50 PDT
Dear All,

      The items listed below have been donated by our members and friends to be shared.
If you are interested in obtaining some of them, please email me PRIVATELY at
Include "BX 416" in the subject line.

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        If you would like to donate seeds or bulbs/corms to the PBS,(Donors will receive credit on the BX for the cost of postage for their donations.), please send CLEAN, clearly labeled plant materials to:

Dell Sherk
55 W. High St.
Salem, WV 26426

Non US donors should contact Dell for instructions before sending seeds.


Dell's email address

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From Mary Sue Ittner:

1. Achimenes 'Pink Cloud' - from earlier BX, originally was soft pink; later years a bright pink appeared in the middle of the soft pink

2. Gloxinella lindeniana - from earlier BX

3. Oxalis sp. Mexico - summer growing - originally from Uli Urban…

4. Tigridia pavonia 'Sunset in Oz' - bulbs grown from seed with this name

5. Zantedeschia 'Blaze'

From Dennis Kramb:

6. Rhizomes of Achimenes  'Rosy Frost'
7. Rhizomes of Achimenes  'Summer Sunset'

From Rimmer de Vries:

8. Haemanthus albiflos seedings 2 yrs old (FEW)
9. Haemanthus pauculifolius seeds  (VERY FEW)

From Uli Urban:

10. Achimenes patens. These are stem bulbils which are much smaller than normal rhizomes and therefore easier to ship. They would benefit from an overnight soak in lukewarm water before planting. The plant itself becomes fairly big, best in a hanging basket. Has a long vegetative period. Large showy purple flowers.

11. Arisaema consanguineum 'The Perfect Wave ' and 'Wild Blue Yonder' mixed small tubers. Both are offsets from the original plants, selected by Ellen Hornig. Very beautiful and good performers. Hardy but pot grown with me, performance is better this way. Thanks again to Ellen for sharing these many years ago.

12. Arisaema tortuosum, small tubers. Can become very big, mine are seed grown and have flowered and made offsets for the first time last summer. Pot grown and not tested for hardiness.

13. Small corms of Gladiolus cruentus. Summer growing but has a long growing cycle and flowers late in the season, sometimes spoiled by bad weather. Multiplies well.

14. Gladiolus dalenii 'Boone' a straightforward and easy summer grower. The interesting thing about this form is that it has branching inflorescences.
These are very small bulbils for obvious reasons. Sometimes they do not sprout, this can be overcome by soaking them overnight in lukewarm water with a small amount of dish washing liquid. This helps the water to penetrate the hard shell to break dormancy.

15. Sauromatum horsfieldii, a small and charming plant except for its flowers. They do not smell like rotten meat like most of the family does but their smell seems fairly inoffensive first but is very irritating on the long run. The charm is the foliage: dense low (max 25cm) shining velvety green with some patterns. Best in partial shade. Multiplies rapidly so better keep an eye on it. Mine are pot grown and not yet tested for hardiness.

16. Sauromatum or Typhonium giganteum: Deep blackish purple spathes before the leaves, I did not notice any offensive smell (no guarantee given). Elegant shiny bright green leaves, arrow shaped appear very late in the season. Not tested for hardiness, full sun.

17. Scadoxus multiflorus. Few seeds only. I had a big infructescense but unfortunately was not aware they would germinate inside the berry if left for too long. I had to sow the germinated seeds for myself. Summer growing, easy, big plants with big red flower balls.

18. Spathantheum orbignyanum. Summer growing Bolivian Aroid with big tubers. Flowers before the leaves. Strange smell. Lush foliage a little like Acanthus. Many people mistake the flowers for thin leaves, the true flowers are arranged toothbrush like UNDER the spathe and not visible from above. Multiplies well, definitely not hardy.

19. Last but not least a few leaf tubers of my lovely blue waterlily  (Nymphaea sp.) I wrote an article for the bulb garden on them so will only say: start them now in 25 deg centigrade warm water with maximum light and plant into a warm pond once the weather in your climate gets warm.

From Dell Sherk:


20. Haemanthus albiflos
21. Haemanthus pauculifolius, originally from Telos
22. Eucharis amazonica, originally from Marie-Paule Opdenakker

From Bob Hoel:

23. Small bulbs of Hippeastrum papilio
24. Small bulbs of Ornithogalum saundersiae

Thank you, Mary Sue, Dennis, Rimmer, Uli, and Bob !!

Best wishes,

Dell Sherk, PBS BX
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