Saturday, October 16, 2010
Growing in pots doesn't work! Crocus sativus need open ground, sunny and well drained soil. Plant the corms in very fertile organic soil with masses of bonfire ash ridged up over corms at least 20 cm deep. I dig them to go in the airing cupboard for the summer months. The reason they go into the airing cupboard is because the Spanish Saffron Industry research board has indemnified that an optimum storage temperature of 30deg.C for 6 weeks results in multiple flowers.
Monday, October 11, 2010
From the Canary Islands come this beautiful member of the Amaryllidaceae. The growing season begin in September with the emerging of the Inflorescences. After blooming has ceased, the leaves begin to grow. In april-may, after the leaves turn yellow, the bulb go dormant and will not be resumed before the next fall.
Saturday, October 9, 2010
The new rosettes of Fascicularia bicolor are more or less two years old as they begin to flower. First sign is the discoloration of the leaves, first just spotted in red than homogeneously red. A couple of weeks later in the center of the rosette the flowers are visible. They open gradually, the single flower last just a few days. On a mature specimen you can have more than ten rosettes blooming simultaneously.