Special Calochortus Offer

Marc Rosenblum via pbs pbs@lists.pacificbulbsociety.net
Wed, 12 Jan 2022 10:08:37 PST

I would like to join Laura in thanking you for taking on  the Bulb exchange!
I know it will be a lot of work and all of us should appreciate your 
willingness to serve.


Falls City, OR   Zone 8b

On 1/12/2022 9:46 AM, Laura Grant via pbs wrote:
> Hi Jan,
> I wish to welcome you to the seed exchange position and  thank you for
> taking it on.
> Regards,
> Laura
> Niagara, Canada
> On Wed, Jan 12, 2022 at 12:23 AM Jan Jeddeloh via pbs <
> pbs@lists.pacificbulbsociety.net> wrote:
>> After I took over the Bulb Exchange Luminita, the previous BX manager,
>> sent me seed left over from previous exchanges.  I will be offering that
>> seed as genus collections and “Grab Bags” for bargain basement prices.
>> These special seed distributions will all carry the SX 479 designation. The
>> first genus collection is calochortus.  Robin Hansen wrote a great article
>> on growing calochortus from seed in the recent edition of The Bulb Garden.
>> I’m sure some of you would now love to try to grow this exquisite genus.
>> This seed is mostly from 2019 and 2020 but, as Robin points out,
>> calochortus seed has good viability. Each share will cost $10 plus
>> postage.  You will receive an invoice with the seed.
>> Here’s how to apply for one of three identical calochortus shares. Each
>> share will contain seed of all the calochortus listed below.  Seed amounts
>> will vary by species.
>> 1)     Make sure your 2022 membership is paid.  You can check with Jane
>> McGary at janemcgary@earthlink.net <mailto:janemcgary@earthlink.net> if
>> you’re not sure.
>> 2)     Respond to me at seedyjan1@gmail.com <mailto:seedyjan1@gmail.com>
>> with your name, mailing address and email. The subject line should read
>> “Calochortus share”
>> If I receive more than three requests I will pick three people at random.
>> I will take requests until January 14, 5pm Pacific Standard Time (1 am
>> GMT).
>> These are the seed you will receive.
>> Calochortus argillosus.  Common name is Clay Mariposa Lily which is a hint
>> how to grow it.  Found in grassy clay meadows.
>> Calochortus albus.  From the PBS wiki “This species can be grown in a
>> standard well drained mix. It likes a shady area with dappled sunlight but
>> can be grown in practically full sun in areas very near the ocean where
>> temperatures are cool. Seedlings grow faster if they are fertilized. Plants
>> must be given a completely dry summer dormancy.”
>> Calochortus amabilis.  Mentioned by Robin Hansen as one of the more easily
>> growable calochortus in her recent The Bulb Garden article. Bright yellow
>> flowers.  Can be grown in part shade or full sun.  Culture like Calochortus
>> albus.
>> Calochortus catalinae. Native to Southern California.  Grows in grassy
>> meadows.
>> Calochortus dunnii.  Native to the Vulcan Mountains in Southern
>> California. Chaparral and forest grower.  Needs a dry summer.  This is a
>> rare and endangered species so I cannot mail it out of the United States.
>> Calochortus luteus.  The species name is a clue to the color.  Mentioned
>> in Robin’s article as one of the easier species.  Here’s what our wiki has
>> to say, “This species is one of the easiest Calochortus to grow in a
>> summer-dry climate. Seeds should be sown in a well-drained soil, and not
>> watered until temperatures drop in the autumn. They do not need to be
>> cold-stratified. Water weekly until the leaves start to die back (usually
>> May-June in the northern hemisphere), and keep the seed pot in dry shade
>> until the next autumn. As noted above, if given great drainage, cultivars
>> of this species may be able to survive in-ground in summer-wet climates.”
>> Calochortus macrocarpus. Collected Ancient Lakes Conservation Area.
>> Widespread throughout the Intermountain West.  Wants great drainage, dryish
>> winters and hot summers.  Needs six to eight weeks cold stratification.
>> Calochortus plummerae.  Per the wiki,  “This southern California species
>> grows in rocky clay soil often found with its base shaded and flowers in
>> sun.”
>> Calochortus pulchellus.  Native to Mt. Diablo near San Francisco.  Wiki
>> has pictures of it in cultivation.
>> Calochortus superbus. Another of Robin’s growable calochotus.  Annie’s
>> Annuals sells it for $10 each.  You can grow it for a lot less.  Native to
>> grassy clay meadows.
>> Calochortus tolmiei. Wide ranging in California and Oregon.  Robin has
>> succeeded with it.
>> Calochortus venustus.  Another wide ranging calochortus.  These are seeds
>> from mostly white plants.
>> Calochortus venustus, red form.
>> Calochortus weedii.  Reported to be difficult to grow but check the wiki
>> for a success story.
>> Happy Growing,
>> Jan Jeddeloh
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