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Anthony Darby

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Re: Winter Flowering Colchicums December 2008
« Reply #60 on: December 29, 2008, 11:32:03 AM »
Lovely wee plant. Variable too. Not seen this one before. Is it in cultivation? The leaves look well behaved. :)
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Re: Winter Flowering Colchicums December 2008
« Reply #61 on: December 29, 2008, 11:40:34 AM »
Yes definitely a lovely plant.
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Re: Winter Flowering Colchicums December 2008
« Reply #62 on: December 29, 2008, 12:45:28 PM »
I agree with Mark and Anthony !!  Beautiful plant Oron - would love to hear more about it - as Anthony says, the leaves look not too exhuberant ...
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Re: Winter Flowering Colchicums December 2008
« Reply #63 on: December 29, 2008, 01:59:07 PM »
Beautiful, good ratio flowers to leaves.

How big are the flowers? Would it be hardy in UK?

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Re: Winter Flowering Colchicums December 2008
« Reply #64 on: December 29, 2008, 02:16:14 PM »
Yes, a super Colchicum. Like Anthony, I would like to know if it is in cultivation and if bulbs or seed are available anywhere.
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Re: Winter Flowering Colchicums December 2008
« Reply #65 on: December 29, 2008, 02:30:06 PM »
Colchicum ritchii is a stunner.... I think I know EXACTLY  how to grow it in the UK, in the unlikely event I had a bulb..... I reckon it should be grown in a large bucket of sand, kept permanently on the back of an Aga cooker,, with a grow light overhead. Tip  half a bucket of water over  it every year or so........bet it would flower a treat! ::)
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Re: Winter Flowering Colchicums December 2008
« Reply #66 on: December 29, 2008, 03:01:46 PM »
They are beautiful. I am pretty sure that seed of this has come up over the years from the Archibalds, M. Salmon as I have some three or four year old seedlings but I am sorry to say not sure where they came from now.
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Re: Winter Flowering Colchicums December 2008
« Reply #67 on: December 29, 2008, 03:48:11 PM »
Oron, those Colchicums are really beautiful! I received Archibald's December seedlist today and they have a lot of Colchicums but not C. ritchii :'(   

But they did have seeds of C. kesselringii and that is a Colchicum I have wanted for a long time  :)
« Last Edit: December 29, 2008, 04:44:50 PM by Gunilla »
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Re: Winter Flowering Colchicums December 2008
« Reply #68 on: December 29, 2008, 04:38:42 PM »
This species is very 'showy', it has a medium size flower of about 5cm across with
3 thick leaves.

It might be hardy like many other bulbuos plants from the desert, since night temperatures during winter can fall easily under 0C.
the problem would be excess of water, since it receives very little in its habitat, around 80-100mm.

 It is grown in pots at the botanic garden in Jerusalem which is cold enough in winter.
I think it was on JJA seeds in the past
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Re: Winter Flowering Colchicums December 2008
« Reply #69 on: December 29, 2008, 05:33:00 PM »
Colchicum ritchii is a stunner.... I think I know EXACTLY  how to grow it in the UK, in the unlikely event I had a bulb..... I reckon it should be grown in a large bucket of sand, kept permanently on the back of an Aga cooker,, with a grow light overhead. Tip  half a bucket of water over  it every year or so........bet it would flower a treat! ::)

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Don't think I have not tried this methood with other plants in the past... ;)
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Re: Winter Flowering Colchicums December 2008
« Reply #70 on: December 30, 2008, 07:08:13 AM »
Thank you Oron for these pics of solovely Colchicum which make us dream to seeds !!!
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Re: Winter Flowering Colchicums December 2008
« Reply #71 on: December 30, 2008, 08:43:49 AM »
Oron,
Makes me feel I would not mind getting lost in that desert if I could enjoy such beauties.
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Re: Winter Flowering Colchicums December 2008
« Reply #72 on: December 30, 2008, 05:59:21 PM »
Pat,
wait till you see the Onco's from that area.... 8)
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Re: Winter Flowering Colchicums December 2008
« Reply #73 on: December 31, 2008, 09:53:57 AM »
You're making us drool Oron... and not just a little bit...  ;)
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