Re: Sauromatum venosum

>several people on this list confirmed that multiple leaves are common.

>Sauromatum is much hardier than some bulb suppliers would make you believe
>(I've seen it rated in an otherwise very reliable catalog as US zone 9
>(low temp 20F == -7C).  In fact, it has survived in the US zone 6 (low
>temp -10F == -23C).

I leave mine outside in large pots or containers, right up until the tops
are knocked down by a hard frost (they turn to mush, overnight). After a
day or two if there is no rain, I dig them up and store them dry. Three
leaves are not a regular feature, but not uncommon for a well grown, fat
tuber, in my experience.

Sometimes the little tubercles, or offsets, will put up three leaves, one
after the other. By the time the third leaf is out, the first has (usually)
gone by and the second is showing signs of stress.

Kind Regards,


Rand Nicholson
New Brunswick
Maritime Canada, Z 5b

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