Chlidanthus fragrans

Lee Poulsen
Mon, 08 Jul 2019 08:45:30 PDT
I would love to hear a summary of all that you were told, Uli.

And to add one more set of suggestions, I asked Alex Cespedes of Bolivia if he knew anything about flowering C. fragrans. Alex has just published a new Chlidanthus species, Chlidanthus ariruma, and grows all three species. Here’s what he told me:

“I have fragrans collected from habitat. These plants, more than anything, need rest/dormancy during cold for half a year. They flower in November and have leaves until February. Afterwards, they enter dormancy all winter and part of spring. Their climate is dry and cold. Only with the abundant rains do they sprout and flower. The majority of those who cultivate this species commit this error; they don’t let the bulbs rest.” 

--Lee Poulsen
Pasadena, California, USA - USDA Zone 10a
Latitude 34°N, Altitude 1150 ft/350 m

> On Jul 7, 2019, at 1:21 PM, Johannes-Ulrich Urban <> wrote:
> Dear All,
> Thank you very much for your help and advice in flowering this plant, most of it was sent to me privately. Interestingly the advice given is extremely different if not contradictory but the common issue seems to be to keep it hungry and thirsty. I will change the growing conditions of this plant and will patiently observe......
> Bye for today 
> Uli 

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