Calochortus from seed - raised bed planting question

Randall P. Linke
Tue, 22 Oct 2019 16:27:55 PDT
Due to some strict space restrictions I started several (around 20)
calochortus species and variants in jumbo sixpacks.  They grew well the
first year, then when dormant, and having completed a stepped container
holding area that protected the faces of the pots from direct sun,
transplanted them into 5" square pots.  At the time of transplanting most
of the bulbs were about 12mm long.  Most grew on well the following year
(last year).  I'm leaving them for now to grow in their current pots for a
few years.

Randy in Seattle, WA

On Tue, Oct 22, 2019 at 12:45 PM Kipp McMichael <>

> Greetings,
>   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 <>
> Sent: Tuesday, October 22, 2019 11:38 AM
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> Subject: [pbs] Calochortus from seed - raised bed planting question
> Greetings,
> 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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