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AGS Shows: Fritillaria pudica

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Contribution from Jon Evans 29 May 2014, 14:47top / bottom of page

When I first started visiting AGS shows in earnest, over 20 years ago, long before I started taking photos at shows, one of the highlights of the spring shows was large pans of Fritillaria pudica.  It was available in a number of different clones, some large, some small, some scented, and was one of the things I aspired to grow, with absolutely no success I hasten to add.

It has been a long time now since I have seen even a decent small pan of this species.  What has happened ?  It seems to have been almost lost from cultivation.

Contribution from Martin Rogerson 29 May 2014, 16:28top / bottom of page

I have it, had it since 2004, it's alive but I seem to be unable to get more than 1 or 2 flowers from a potful of bulbs. Clearly haven't figured out how to grow it yet :-(

Contribution from David Nicholson 29 May 2014, 19:09top / bottom of page

Ron Mudd grows them extremely well up in East Yorkshire. Have a look at his posts (under his "pen-name" 'Longma' ) on the NARGS Forum in the Frit thread under 'Bulbs'.

Probably this link isn't going to work:-

Contribution from Jon Evans 30 May 2014, 12:40top / bottom of page

Thanks both of you.  It is good to know that people still grow it.  But the pans at shows with 50-100 flowers seem to be a thing of the past.  I wonder if Rod and Jane Leeds still grow it to that sort of standard, though they stopped exhibiting some time ago.

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