Rebuilding my Collection/Geophyte Housefire Resilience

Pamela Harlow
Sun, 06 May 2018 08:43:14 PDT
Hi Joe,

In 2015, my three greenhouses were annihilated by fire.  Virtually all pots
disappeared along with the plants.
Don't be too hasty to discard, though.  It took a full 15 months for the
Lapagerias to releaf, for example.  I potted
whatever bulbs I could find after sifting the litter and a few of them
survived, though most of these were on tables
behind the main greenhouse, not in it.  Even in the black rubble, tiny bits
of green appeared in the weeks
following the fire.  I just kept watering the remains and salvaging
whatever mystery sprouts appeared.  Plants
are remarkable in their capacity to endure.  But the greenhouse attached to
the house itself, which got hot enough
to vaporize 18 gauge brass and begin melting 16 gauge copper, had no
survivors at all.  As for seeds in the frig...
the frig was nearly unrecognizable.

I can help with some of your lost plants.  Sign me up for Melasphaerula,
Moraea huttonii, Rhodohypoxis (several forms),
and Cypella herbertii.  I'll have some time after Mother's Day to work on
this.  Write me with your address.

All my friends who have endured fires agree that only members of that club
understand the devastation.  Sorry
you had to go through this.

Pamela Harlow

On Sat, May 5, 2018 at 8:32 PM Joe G <> wrote:

> hey bulbophile friends,
> I recently finished the long, emotional process of an insurance claim
> we had for a fire earlier this year. Nobody was hurt, luckily! The
> insurance company didn't end up covering any plants in the
> house/greenhouse, but I wanted to reach out and see if anyone could
> help me (re)build my collection. Here's an incomplete list of what was
> lost; many were acquisitions from the PBS SX and BXs over the last
> year, several from SIGNA and NARGS seed exchanges, and some from
> now-defunct nurseries.
> South African: Agapanthus inapertus, Babiana rubrocyanea, Chasmanthe
> bicolor, Clivia miniata x gardenii, Crinum bulbispermum 'Jumbo',
> Gladiolus emiliae, Gladiolus odoratus, Gladiolus vanderwermei,
> Gloriosa superba, Hesperantha coccinea, Hesperantha culcullata, Ixia
> viridiflora, Lachenalia viridiflora, Littonia/Gloriosa modesta,
> Melasphaerula racemosa, Moraea aristata, Moraea huttonii, Moraea
> spathulata, Nerine bowdenii, Nerine hybrids, Rhodohypoxis baurii,
> Sparaxis elegans mixed colors, Sandersonia aurantiaca, Spiloxene
> capensis.
> Tropical American: Alophia drummondii, Alstroemeria pulchella, Begonia
> boliviensis, Bomarea salsilla, Cypella herbertii, Gelasine elongata,
> Herbertia pulchella, xHippeastrelia 'Durga Pradhan', Hymenocallis
> maximiliani, Griffinia liburniana, Neomarica candida, Rhodophiala
> bifida, Rhodophiala granatiflora (grandiflora?), Seemannia 'Evita'
> (maybe - not sure if it was dead or dormant), various Zephyranthes.
> Misc: Amorphophallus konjac, Blandfordia punicea, Spiranthes sinensis
> I love neotropical irids, Alstroemerias and Bomareas, gesneriads, and
> the more unusual amaryllids - my Stenomessons, Phaedranassas and
> Eustephias all (except some very small P. tunguraguae seedlings)
> fortunately survived. For South African bulbs, I'm interested in
> unusual colors & odd color combinations and flowers with black or
> green patterning, and (former Homoglossum) Gladiolus to cross with G.
> tristis for new colors/patterns of Homoglad. I'd also be excited for
> South African & neotropical bulbs that could be tried outdoors here -
> upper edge of zone 7/lower zone 6 (minimum temperature here last
> winter was -2°f, but some sheltered spots never went below 12 °f).
> -joe
> p.s. for the morbidly curious, I had a much higher survival rate among
> Amaryllidaceae than Iridaceae or Hyacinthaceae, including some
> surprises (70% of my seedling Pamianthe started last summer made it
> through, and 80% of my Clivias). Plants that were dormant fared far
> better than plants in growth, with the exception of evergreen or
> nearly-evergreen bulbs (e.g. Veltheimia). I don't know how hot it got,
> but some plastic plant pots melted and the radiant heat through the
> windows was enough to scorch a Rhododendron outside. Seeds that were
> in the fridge at the time are germinating normally as far as I can
> tell.
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