Ken Traynham
Sun, 30 Dec 2018 12:27:48 PST
On Dec 30, 2018 3:24 PM, "Ceridwen Lloyd" <> wrote:

That’s interesting Mike because I’m in zone 9, you’d think similar enough
climate conditions, and Romneya for me, shown a little kindness, turned
into a thug! I’d put it into our rocky clay which I’d amended with cow poo
and pea straw. It got watered briefly on alternate days in summer
(automatic system.) it completely took over I ended up having to dig it
(and it’s legion of suckers) all out over several years. Next time I’ll put
it in the hellish dolomite that borders out driveway.

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> On 31 Dec 2018, at 05:56, Michael Mace <> wrote:
> Leo wrote:
>>> As followup, the Matilija poppy (Romneya coulteri) I wrote about in the
> fall died within days of being in the 110+ F / 43+C weather, even kept in
> the shade and not allowed to go dry. I don't think the Sunset book is
> accurate when it says it thrives in All Zones.
> For what it's worth, I live in the proper climate for Romneya and struggle
> to get it to grow. I think it's very sensitive to soil and watering times.
> I planted it in my heavy clay soil and treated like a California native
> water in summer). It died within a year.
> So I planted it in an amended mound with good drainage, and pampered it
> some supplemental water in summer. It died within a year.
> Finally in desperation I planted it on a slope in unamended clay soil,
> to a native buckwheat that I planted at the same time. Both plants were
> given very occasional water in the first summer (maybe once a month). The
> buckwheat thrived, and the Romneya struggled through the first year. Since
> then it's been about three years and I haven't given either of them
> supplemental water at all. The buckwheat is very happy, and the Romneya is
> still alive. It puts up a couple of shoots a year that get about a foot
> (.3m) tall. No flowers yet. I figure if I leave it alone maybe it'll
> eventually establish itself and take off (I've had other plants do that).
> So, it can tolerate dryness all summer when in the ground. But getting it
> thrive, rather than just survive, can be tricky.
> I suspect those freeway margins with huge masses of Romneya (some of which
> are near my house) are gravelly soil where the plants can establish more
> easily.
> Mike
> San Jose, CA
> (Zone 9, min temp 20F / -7C)
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