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Doreen
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Greetings Dave! Just joined the forum yesterday, so excuse me whilst I do a bit of testing ... testing ... testing to upload my Lewisia rediviva pic. It grows very well for me in pots, loves the hot and dry up here, but I haven't managed to keep it going out in the garden so far. But with a few more seedlings coming along, I might have another go - I'm aiming for a vista to match David S's magical video from the Okanagan!

I'm collecting seeds at the moment so if anyone wants any - (Fermi?)

Doreen Mear
Middle of South Island, New Zealand, in the rain shadow of the Southern Alps.
Continental climate, rare snow cover,
670 mm rain p.a.

Tim Ingram
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Joined: 2011-04-27

That is a glorious plant Doreen! Peter Korn showed a picture of L. tweedyii growing outside on a sand bed in Sweden which amazed me, so maybe rediviva would do but surely it would need summer cover like a choice bulb?

Dr. Timothy John Ingram
Faversham, Kent, UK
I garden in a relatively hot and dry region (for the UK!), with an annual rainfall of around 25", winter lows of -10°C and summer highs of 30°C.
 

Booker
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Wow Doreen, even John Forrest would be proud of that beauty!
I have a pleasing number of small plants in leaf under glass at the moment - I hope they will perform like yours over the years to come.  Do you feed to build them up?

Cliff Booker A.K.A. Ranunculus
On the moors in Lancashire, U.K.
Usually wet, often windy, sometimes cold ... and that's just me!

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Doreen wrote:

Greetings Dave! Just joined the forum yesterday, so excuse me whilst I do a bit of testing ... testing ... testing to upload my Lewisia rediviva pic. It grows very well for me in pots, loves the hot and dry up here, but I haven't managed to keep it going out in the garden so far. But with a few more seedlings coming along, I might have another go - I'm aiming for a vista to match David S's magical video from the Okanagan!

I'm collecting seeds at the moment so if anyone wants any - (Fermi?)

WOW

David Nicholson
in Devon, UK  Zone 9b

Doreen
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Joined: 2011-12-05

Tim: This photo is actually a year old - the plant has even more flowers on this year but for some reason, in succession rather than all at once so it didn't make such an eye-catching picture. I don't have a greenhouse, no frames even, so everything has to take its chance outside, maybe with a length of shade netting thrown over it when the temperature gets to 30+. Don't have much success with tweedyi, but I keep on trying!

Cliff: Very gritty compost, and very little food, maybe a splash of Miracle-Gro once in a while. I think I have the climate to thank for this plant - hot dry summers and cold dry winters, a bit different from Lancashire (and Huddersfield!)

Doreen Mear
Middle of South Island, New Zealand, in the rain shadow of the Southern Alps.
Continental climate, rare snow cover,
670 mm rain p.a.

deesen
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..... and Devon too ;D

David Nicholson
in Devon, UK  Zone 9b

RickR
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Joined: 2009-09-21

I too, am admiring with envy you Lewisia rediviva, Doreen. 

I assumed those were more flower buds in the photo, but am I wrong?

I am not sure I could grow that here, as it would still get a zone 4 winter.  But there were still Lewisia rediviva seed in the NARGS second round, so I ordered.  Some other(s) got them before me, though. So the experiment will wait.

Rick Rodich    zone 4a.    Annual precipitation ~24 inches
near Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

Lori S.
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Joined: 2009-10-27

I don't think a zone 4 winter should really be a problem for it, Rick.  It's native to southern Alberta and BC.  I have grown it here, also, in a trough... can't claim I did that very well, though, as it only lasted a small number of years.  I would assume it was more unsuitable conditions than a lack of cold hardiness that did it in.

Lori
Calgary, Alberta, Canada - Zone 3
-30 C to +30 C (rarely!); elevation ~1130m; annual precipitation ~40 cm

Sellars
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Tim wrote:

surely it would need summer cover like a choice bulb?

Dave and Doreen: Thanks for the lovely photos of L. rediviva in flower from New Zealand.  I took a photo today of what the plant currently looks like in the Northern Hemisphere.  We grow them outside with no cover in a very well drained sunny bed with no overhead watering when they are dormant in the summer. They seem to do best in a sand bed and this year I am experimenting with slow release fertilizer applied in the Fall to see if it helps in building the huge taproot. The really nice thing about growing this species is that it can take whatever winter weather is thrown at it from torrential rain to freezing cold.

David Sellars
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Mark McD
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Joined: 2009-12-14

David, that was my experience growing L. rediviva in rainy ol' Seattle area (Washington).  They were planted in large raised sand mounds, some had flat rocks placed over the base of the horizontally planted rhizome with the eye exposed (the way they were found when I viewed them in the Wenatchee Mountains of eastern Washington State), and even with tons of rain and dreary conditions, they persisted and flowered outside in the garden.

Mark McDonough
Massachusetts, USA, near the New Hampshire border USDA Zone 5
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