Special Calochortus Offer

Laura Grant via pbs pbs@lists.pacificbulbsociety.net
Wed, 12 Jan 2022 09:46:50 PST
Hi Jan,
I wish to welcome you to the seed exchange position and  thank you for
taking it on.
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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