Dranunculus vulgaris Source & Related Question(s)


Hello All,

Last year I was fortunate enough to obtain some small Dranunculus
vulgaris from Rob in Australia and since my first unsucessful season of
growing them, I have searched the internet looking for answers as well
as any source for more plants without any luck.(Rainforest Gardens in
Canada sells them, but not to Oregon) Either I am not looking in the
right place, or else there just isn't anything written about this plant
on the net!? I did manage to find two beautiful pictures of  Dranunculus
vulgaris along with a few words about the plant, but that is the extent
of what I came up with while trying to answer my own questions. You can
view these at the following URLs:

http://www.dsoe.com/explore/gardens/dranc1.html

http://www.palomar.edu/Wayne/ww0602.htm#arums

My plants were potted in a sandy loam w/good drainage and lightly
fertilized. Same basic treatment I gave all my Aroids which are doing
great with this one problematic exception. The new leaves would elongate
and then dry up before they opened.  The roots were checked and looked
fine, with no insect or fungus problems on the rhizome(tuber,corm,?).
Out of 9 shoots, only one actually formed a true 6" leaf(height not
width). This week I excavated and removed the rhizome, fully expecting
to find mush, but all appears healthy? In fact, there are several new,
white lateral shoots that give all indication of beginning their spring
growth!(?) I had been prepared to put this plant through the dry
dormancy in my shop with the others, but am now having second thoughts
since I would imagine this succulent new growth wouldn't survive.Should
this be stored in sightly damp peat instead?  Any ideas, prayers or
suggestions of what I did wrong & what should be done with these plants
given the above information would be greatly appreciated, as well as any
much needed cultural information you might have on this species.
 
Finally, does anybody know of a commercial source for Dranunculus
vulgaris or happen to have any larger ones that they would want to sell?
I'm not obsessed with this plant...but close. 

Apologize for the length of this post and thanks in advance for any
information you can give me. 

Best Wishes,

Doug


Doug Burdic
dburdic@presys.com


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