Bulbs by John E. Bryan

By John E. Bryan

John Bryan's substantive revision to his unique magnum opus released in 1989 — chosen by means of the yank Horticultural Society as one of many seventy five nice American gardening books— offers improved assurance of a few 230 genera and a striking variety of species, forms, and cultivars. Genera are handled with element applicable to their significance, with details on heritage, category, tradition, propagation, pests and ailments, makes use of, and species and cultivars. distinct encyclopedic plant listings are complemented via an both finished pictorial presentation. not just are there greater than 1100 colour images — many displaying the vegetation of their average habitats — yet there also are forty three colour reproductions of botanical illustrations from 19th-century problems with Curtis's Botanical journal and different guides, taken from the author's broad assortment.

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It is necessary to remove flowerheads, however, once they have finished flowering. Should the flowers be cut for use in the home, remove as little of the stem as possible. The leaves manufacture food for the bulbs, so the more foliage left the better. While lilies do not like to sit in water, moisture must be made available during the growing and flowering season. "Heads in sun, feet in shade" is a good maxim. Once lilies have finished flowering, watering can be reduced, but not discontinued, until the foliage has begun to ripen.

If containers are used in the commercial production of seedlings, it is essential that standard-sized flats be used. These will make maximum use of the space available on benches in the greenhouse or in frames. 32 Chapter 4 To maintain consistency of sowing rates, it is advisable for one person to be responsible for all sowing. While the methods described above for home gardeners may seem tedious, it must be emphasized that getting seed sown in containers off to a good start is time well spent.

They are lifted and graded when they reach commercial size. Each season they must be examined and moved at the first signs of overcrowding. They are planted into their final positions when of sufficient size. Some alliums also produce bulbils on the maturing flowerheads. The use of stem bulbils of lilies in commercial production is rare; however, if maximum production is called for, they do provide a good means for quick increase. The bulbils are gathered by hand in late summer, as soon as they can be detached easily from the plants.

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