Beautifully grown Tony. I think I'll give the 'cat litter method' a try this year.
From around the Bekaa Valley in Lebanon, Fritillaria hermonis.
53.69° N, Dedicated to West Coast Fritillaria, plus three other members of the subgenus Liliorhiza. I grow other Genera, as time permits !
From Tajikistan, Fritillaria bucharica.
From the mountains of North East Turkey, Fritillaria michailovskyi.
really lovely pudica
Wonderful group of F. kotschyana Tony. What is the growing medium this time?
As you know the Liliorhiza are my favorite group of species, and so I have really enjoyed the F. pudica, some of which were flowering for me for the first time. Most are now finished flowering, a few of the real early ones are going back down. There appears to be a very healthy number of seed pods forming ( both open and controlled pollination ), so many plants will grow on for a while yet I expect.
The first of some seed raised F. affinis are flowering now for the first time.
From Northern Oregon a form with very glaucous leaves.
From Southern Oregon a taller form.
From China Fritillaria tortifolia.
A very rare occurrence (as far as we are aware), a seed pod has formed on one of our F. koidzumiana, . The pods of the Japanese species remain pendant unlike those of all the other Fritillaria sp. which become erect when fertilized,and the seeds are ovoid, white and with an elaiosome, so dispersal by ants is probably a factor. Most 'un Fritillaria like' ! Unfortunately the seeds dry out very quickly, and so should be sown immediately when ripe. Growth begins early winter.
Ron, hope you get fertile seeds in that pod! Isn't the pod yellowing a bit early or is it normal?
You show some very fine plants in flower too!
Have some pots of germinating Fritillaria now
Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!
I don't think its yellowing Trond, we'll see over the next week or so. I don't know what's normal for this species, but if its like the other Japanese Fritillaria the seed should be ripe in about six weeks time. If they are, then we must sow immediately, and we'll know if they are viable in early December.
I'm pleased your seed has germinated OK. Hope they grow strong for you.
These all continue to be a treat for me, and especially this last installment! Love it!
Rick Rodich zone 4a. Annual precipitation ~24 inches
near Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA