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Re: Fritillaria imperialis

Kitty wrote:
Jim, I personally haven't grown F. imperialis, but i planted my F. raddeana
the same way you are supposed to plant the Crown Imperials. They need to
be angled slightly to avoid water collecting in the resevoir formed
where the stem comes out. Not the right wording here I'm sorry, but I
think you get the idea. The water will just rot them out and thus they
don't return.
I'd like to think it was as simple as that, but I tried 2-3 years
ago to grow several of the clones, planting dutifully on their
sides. They came up the next spring and flowered well, but that's
all she wrote :-(. Perhaps they want to be totally dry of a summer,
possibly in a covered sand bed. Anybody else have success/failure with
them ?
-------Original Message-------
From: "James R. Fisher" <garrideb@well.com>
Sent: 04/07/03 03:50 PM
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: Re: [CHAT]was  Tx. skies NOW Fritillaria

Sounds like you do grow F. imperialis ? And you get it to
return the 2nd, 3rd,...etc. year ?
If so, how, please ?
All the bulb folks who speak to it complain about its
failure to return.
Jim Fisher
Vienna, Virginia USA
38.9 N 77.2 W
USDA Zone 7
Max. 105 F [40 C], Min. 5 F [-15 C]

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