Dracunculus question

greenclaws UKzone8aMay 12, 2007

Hi, this is not my usual forum but here goes anyway!

I have just won a Dracunculus Vulgaris bulb from eBayUK and have several questions that I can't find the answers too.... it's just over 3inches in diameter and I am planning on growing it in a large pot in my greenhouse.

1...what size pot would you recommend for a bulb this size?

2...do I plant the bulb completely under the compost or leave the 'nose' showing?

3...what kind of compost does it prefer?

4...how much water do they like?

5...do they prefer sun or shady conditions as I have found conflicting views?

6...what is the best temperature for it in summer/winter?

7...how tall can I expect it to grow as I have seen a picture of one in excess of 6ft on the internet!?

I realise I may have to evacuate the g/h when it flowers, if I can get it to flower that is, what are my chances seeing as I am not exactly in a tropical location...but it will be worth the try!

Thanks in advance.

Gill.

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jim_6b(TN)

Hi Gill,
I will try to answer your questions. I have been growing them for about 7 years now with success. One thing to keep in mind is I'm in zone 6 and have clay soil and grow them outside.
1. I have never grown them in pots. They are hardy here and stay in the ground year round.
2. I plant my bulbs about 6 inches deep.
3. I have never put compost on them or fertilized them. They grow like weeds here.
4. They like well drained soil and will rot if the soil stays wet a lot.
5. I have grown them in full sun and they will bloom but they don't get very big. I now have them growing on the east side of my house and they are in full sun until about 12 pm and in shade the rest of the day. They are very happy here.
6. Mine usually break ground around the first of March when it's still fairly cool and are just now starting to bloom. I have about 18 plants this year and 9 are blooming.
7. Mine were about 4 feet tall last year but expect them to get taller as the bulb gets bigger.
I hope this info helps.
Jim

    Bookmark   May 13, 2007 at 10:27PM
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ornata(London UK (8/9?))

They are pretty hardy, I think. I grow mine outdoors just like any other garden plant. It flowers every year.

    Bookmark   May 15, 2007 at 10:09AM
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