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Re: colchicum.


Cathy, not to worry.  The Colchicums that are blooming here ar not the ones
you bought, speciosum.  Those coming up here now are C. agrippinum, C.
'Jochem Hof', and C. 'Zephyr'.  C. speciosum will start closer to the end of
the month or in October here in Zone 5.

Bonnie's location is warmer which may have triggered them sooner.  Sometimes
Colchicum bloom a little later their first season.  Another factor is
planting depth.  If you planted more deeply than Bonnie, your sprouts have
further to travel.

Regarding dormancy, you received your bulbs in their dormant state and they
actually bloom while dormant.  They'll wake up again in spring to put out
leaves.  BTW, these were exceptionally large bulbs.  I had also ordered 15
of the same species from another supplier and they were reasonable size but
much smaller than what you got.  Interestingly, all these colchicum came
from the same place in Oregon.

Kitty


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "cathy carpenter" <cathyc@rnet.com>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Thursday, September 11, 2003 10:25 PM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] colchicum.


> I'm still waiting. Of course, I have never had them before, and have no
> idea what triggers their bloom. Is it temperature, moisture,  or just
> time since original dormancy?
> Cathy
> On Thursday, September 11, 2003, at 09:10 PM, Kitty wrote:
>
> > I have some coming up, too.  I never really get used to their simple
> > beauty.
> > Have grown them for years and they still take my breath away.
> > What surprised me was that I just noticed that my Sternbergia lutea are
> > back. They're not supposed to be hardy here, but I got some a couple
> > years
> > ago from Peter and even with the rough winter we had they are back for
> > their
> > third appearance.
> >
> > Kitty
> >
> > ----- Original Message -----
> > From: "Bonnie Holmes" <holmesbm@usit.net>
> > To: "Agardenchat" <gardenchat@hort.net>
> > Sent: Thursday, September 11, 2003 11:29 PM
> > Subject: [CHAT] colchicum.
> >
> >
> >> Wednesday, my first colchicum bloomed...it is tulip-like, according to
> >> my husband...and a pale violet...very pretty. Thanks so much for the
> >> introduction and sharing.
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >> Bonnie Zone 6+ ETN
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