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Re: CULT: medians

  • Subject: Re: CULT: medians
  • From: "Walter Moores" <wmoores@watervalley.net>
  • Date: Wed, 24 Feb 1999 08:06:40 +0000
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From: "Walter Moores" <wmoores@watervalley.net>

> From: "Donald Eaves" <donald@eastland.net>

> I do wish some discussion of the growth habits of the medians by
> those with experience could be posted.  Mine sure don't look good in
> comparison to the TBs.  Is it normal for them to look so pathetic?  Are
> the harsher weather patterns in North Central West Texas too much
> for them.  Too hot?  Too dry?  Are their cultivation requirements that
> different from TBs?  The MTBs look especially marginal.  The IBs and
> SDBs not a lot better.  

	Donald, I gardened in Ft. Worth for many years and can attest to 
the conditions of your medians.  MDB's were a lost cause for me even 
though they were planted in partial shade and were watered.  The 
combination of heat and a shallow root system seemed to do them in.  
SDB's grew but the bloom was never perfect.  I don't think any SDB 
that bloomed for me in FW ever achieved the registered height.  Most 
blooms never got out of the fan and many needed my help in opening 
their flowers.  I always kept a few to cross with arilbreds to get 
quarter arilmedians.  MTB's would grow but hardly ever bloom.  IB's 
seemed to be the best of the medians.  I cannot remember any problems 
with them and they were always such a delight in bloom when a late 
freeze or frost got the SDB's.  I highly recommend IB's for your 

	I might add that my experience with medians in MS is about the same 
as in TX.  Of course, we get much more rain in MS.  Some locals says 
that the poor bloom on medians is caused by the lack of sufficient, 
sustained cold weather......the same as for tulips unless you chill 
them in the refrigerator for forty days prior to planting in early 
	After seeing all the beautiful MTB's at the Michigan Convention, I 
decided to try them again.  None bloomed last year, so I am anxiously 
awaiting bloom on the two year clumps this spring.  I am keeping my 
fingers crossed.  They can be quite a sight when they are happy.

	Walter Moores
	Enid Lake, MS 


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