Calochortus from seed - raised bed planting question

Kipp McMichael
Tue, 22 Oct 2019 12:45:16 PDT

  I have only grown C. catalinae for the purposes of sending to the BX, but C. weedii intermedius is one of my favorites and has grown well for me. I grow mainly in pots, due to space - but I have some planted-out in my garden as well.

  I would start seeding the first year or two in a deep pot (either a 1 gallon round or a tall 4-5" square pot) and then plant them in the bed once they've reached english pea size. For me, I had a few bulbs in the first year and most bulbs in the second year that reached that size. Direct sowing should work well enough from the plants' perspective - but it will be much harder to keep track of them if the first year leaves are lost among other weeds and grass in a bed.
From: pbs <> on behalf of George Goldsmith <>
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Subject: [pbs] Calochortus from seed - raised bed planting question


One of my options for starting Calochortus seeds this fall is using raised beds.  I have a couple 4 ft. x 8 ft. beds, about 16 in. deep that over the years have had tomatoes, vegetables, and various plants growing in them.  The soil from the yard is mostly clay, with much compost from over the years, remnants of potting soil, commercial garden soil, and some leftover U. C. Davis mix.   Will either the odd soil mix, or traces from whatever plants that have been growing there, make it risky to start calochortus seeds in these beds?  I was planning to plant C. catalinae and C. weedii var. intermedius.  I have limited space and thought this might be a good use of the area.

Thanks in advance for whatever guidance might be provided.

George Goldsmith
Diamond Bar, CA
USDA Hardiness Zone 10a; Sunset Climate Zone 19
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