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Sue24-Apr-00 04:30 PM EST   
Pat26-Apr-00 09:58 PM EST   
Cy27-Apr-00 06:46 PM EST   
Wanda Truijen21-Jul-00 02:27 PM EST   
Wilma25-Jul-00 09:10 PM EST   
26-Jul-00 10:07 AM EST   
Wilma26-Jul-00 02:36 PM EST   
Wilma12-Sep-00 07:40 PM EST   
Joanne13-Sep-00 12:01 PM EST   
Susan13-Sep-00 07:54 PM EST   
Wilma15-Sep-00 11:57 AM EST   
Barbara Jackson19-Sep-00 06:44 PM EST   


Subject: Help with fritillaria
From: Sue
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Date: 24-Apr-00 04:30 PM EST

I planted several fritillaria bulbs two years ago. The plants come up beautifully, lovely green foliage but they don't produce any flowers! The foliage then dies back. What have I done wrong?


Subject: RE: Help with fritillaria
From: Pat
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Date: 26-Apr-00 09:58 PM EST

I have one frittilaria that will not flower either. In fact, the stem is almost s-shaped. Do they have to be staked?


Subject: RE: Help with fritillaria
From: Cy
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Date: 27-Apr-00 06:46 PM EST

Can't help, but two weeks ago we were in B.C. and saw fritillaria for the first time at VanDusen Gardens and they were pretty impressive. I smelled them and I can see why they are supposed to keep the moles away.


Subject: RE: Help with fritillaria
From: Wanda Truijen
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Date: 21-Jul-00 02:27 PM EST

My Fritillaria Imperialis came up with a beautiful green stalk. Then turned yellow and died off. The bulbs are still okay in the ground, I checked to make sure they weren't rotten or anything. Do they need special fertilizer or something?


Subject: RE: Help with fritillaria
From: Wilma
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Date: 25-Jul-00 09:10 PM EST

Same story, same problem. They bloom wonderfully the first year, and after that... nada. One planting has been in the ground for at least ten years, sends up great foliage every year, but no flowers. Don't have a clue why????


Subject: RE: Help with fritillaria
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Date: 26-Jul-00 10:07 AM EST

Which frittilaria do you have? I'm guessing the problems are with frittilaria imperialis. I've had no problems with f.pudica and the chequered fritillaria here in Edmonton (zone 3a). F.imperialis is borderline here.


Subject: RE: Help with fritillaria
From: Wilma
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Date: 26-Jul-00 02:36 PM EST

The no-bloom fritillaria in my garden (4b-5) are imperialis and persica. I also have f. meleagris, but they bloom every year with no problem. Thanks for asking.


Subject: RE: Help with fritillaria
From: Wilma
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Date: 12-Sep-00 07:40 PM EST

Still hoping for some help with the fritillaria. Anybody out there have a clue why they won't bloom the second year???


Subject: RE: Help with fritillaria
From: Joanne
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Date: 13-Sep-00 12:01 PM EST

Wilma, I don't know much about fritillaria, but maybe it is similar to what happens with the fancy tulips and daffodils. They seem to put all their strength into one beautiful show, and then the second year, only foliage. I had some lovely double pink daffodils, that did this and by the fourth year only had minimal foliage. I've learned to treat these unusual, and spectacular, bulbs as annuals.


Subject: RE: Help with fritillaria
From: Susan
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Date: 13-Sep-00 07:54 PM EST

The Crown Imperials (the big ones) need sweet (not acid) soil with lots of organic matter and shouldn't be too close to big shrubs that would compete for resources. If they get leggy and non-flowering, it may be because they need dividing. Try digging them up and see if there are multiple bulbs there. They multiply fairly quickly and need to be divided before they'll bloom again.


Subject: RE: Help with fritillaria
From: Wilma
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Date: 15-Sep-00 11:57 AM EST

Thank-you Susan,

My soil is fairly acidic and no doubt, that's the problem. It's strange that none of my gardening references mention this fact. I have no trouble with my other bulbs. I'm eager to see what happens in sweeter soil.


Subject: RE: Help with fritillaria
From: Barbara Jackson
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Date: 19-Sep-00 06:44 PM EST

I, too, have had an interesting time with F. imperalis 'Crown Imperial'. Two bulbs in the same garden for 5 years. Both come up every year, both have multiplied and only one has ever bloomed. The other blooms reliably every spring. This year I dug the non-bloomer out and gave it to my sister to see if she can get it to bloom. Strange plant. Other fritilarias no problem. I agree that they prefer sweet to acidic soil, too!

Good luck!


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