Re: [IGSROBIN] Spring species
Surprisingly, we have, or at least I have almost no problems with pests of
any kind, including whitefly and scale. It may be since we have only one
native from the whold group--g. carolinsinus or some such--that the pests
around here never acquired a taste for the guys. In the really hot, humid
months of August and September we do have an occasional problem with a nasty
viral wilt that wipes out the plant in days, but not usually. Scenteds seem
most prone to this. Also nematodes can be a problem with tuberous rooted
desert varieties, but that is solved by pot instead of soil culture.
Good growing this spring.
From: Andrew <awilson@FDA.NET>
To: IGSROBIN@MAELSTROM.STJOHNS.EDU <IGSROBIN@MAELSTROM.STJOHNS.EDU>
Date: Thursday, March 11, 1999 2:41 AM
Subject: Re: Spring species
>The plant is still small but by the end of the season there should be
>seed to share. Glad to! By the way, on rechecking my sources it came from
>Aridlands in Tucson, Arizona.
>Interesting to hear that these desert-like pels grow in humid Florida. If
>you treat them as winter growers and let them go dormant in summer I'd
>they would avoid a lot of the problems. Your winters are 'relatively dry'.
>Do the plants suffer from scale or whitefly there?
>San Diego, California
>"If you take the desert species, and put them in a more hospitible
>environment with greater access to nutrients they thrive. Bigger and
>Also, since the species are sexually propogated, and not clones like the
>hybrids, they have a much greater degree of genetic variability. My source
>book karooicum, for example, lists the flowers as ranging from white to
>yellow, with variable streaking. I think you got a good one! Save the
>seeds and share!"