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Lori S.
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Thanks for info, Cohan... (though I can't promise that I will baby them... I'm afraid it's survival of the fittest around here. ;) )

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

cohan
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And in a different soil, aspect etc they may be happy with different conditions- and simply being in the ground is very different than the (deep) pot mine was in for a long time, since when I got the cutting, I had no place to plant it out.. my impression is that it is a species of some sort of boggy area, rather than a dry scree etc, though I'm not certain of that. The one I've put in the ground so far, I put at the foot of a rock bed in the low end of the property, a little below grade, but it hasn't been there long enough to judge.

west central alberta, canada; just under 1000m; record temps:min -45C/-49F;max 34C/93F; http://picasaweb.google.ca/cactuscactus  http://urbanehillbillycanada.blogspot.com/

Lori S.
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Catching up...
The pots of various Androsace spp. were brought out of the cold room on March 2-3 after 6-7 weeks in the cold.
Androsace bisulca v. brahmaputrae - germination started at 6 days at room temp
Androsace hedraiantha - germination started in the cold Mar.2
Androsace hirtella - germination started in the cold Mar.2
Androsace incana - germination started at 6 days at room temp
Androsace spinuliferum - germinated started at 3 days at room temp
Androsace squarrulosa - germinated started at 6 days at room temp

Campanula incurva - germination started in the cold after 6 weeks chilling
Campanula scoparia - germination started in the cold after 6 weeks chilling

Cryptantha caespitosa - germination started in the cold after 6 weeks chilling

Cryptantha humilis - 6 weeks chilling; germination started in 2 days at room temp

Cryptantha paradoxa - germination started in the cold after 6 weeks chilling; (NB. Alplains says this one doesn't need stratifying but recommends scarifying).

Various Eriogonum spp. were given 6 weeks cold and brought out to room temp on March 3...
Eriogonum lobbii - germ started at 6 days room temp
Eriogonum ovalifolium v. eximium - germ. started in the cold on March 2
Eriogonum robustum - germ started in 2 days at room temp
Eriogonum sphaerocephalum v. sphaerocephalum - germ started in 2 days at room temp

Eriogonum thymoides - germ started at 2 room temp

Delphinium menziesii - germ started in the cold after 6 weeks chilling

Physochlainia orientalis - germ in 13 days at room temp; no pretreatment; I grew these last year also but found that the seedlings did not do well after a while and planting out was not very successful (well, more accurately, a total failure!)  Is there some trick to this plant?

Erysimum capitatum var capitatum - germ in 3 days at room temp with no pretreatment; at ~30 days after germination:

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

Tingley
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Joined: 2013-01-07

I'd share a photo of Ramonda myconii, and Ramonda nathaliae now that they have germinated, but I don't have a microscope to fit to the camera! ;D These have to be the smallest seedlings I've ever germinated.... hope to keep them going!

Southwest Nova Scotia, zone 6b or thereabouts

AmyO
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The pots of various Androsace spp. were brought out of the cold room on March 2-3 after 6-7 weeks in the cold.

Lori, how cold is your cold room?? Does it go below freezing in there?

Amy Olmsted
Hubbardton, VT, Zone 4

Lori S.
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Hi, Amy.  The temperature in the cold room is 46 deg F right now.  The temperature varies a bit but it doesn't freeze (except perhaps in directly under the air vent where we don't put anything anyway). It's on the northeast corner of the basement and the room stays very cool all summer.  The walls that separate it from the adjacent furnace room and bathroom are insulated.

Gordon, I know what you're saying!  I'm trying to grow Ramonda too and I can hardly distinguish the teensy little plants from some tiny bits of moss in the pot.

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

Gene Mirro
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Joined: 2010-02-25

Gordon, the only way I've ever been able to grow Ramonda and Haberlea is by placing the pots in a sealed plastic bag, and growing them under lights at around 60F.  They need lime and fertilizer.  But as soon as you fertilize them, the moss will start growing, unless you have sown them on grit or something like that.  They are a big challenge.

http://www.srgc.net/forum/index.php?topic=71.msg722#msg722

SW Washington state, 600 ft. altitude

Lori S.
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That's good to know, Gene.  Thank you for sharing your experience!

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

Tingley
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Joined: 2013-01-07

Same from me, Gene. Mine are planted in small trays- commercial potting soil with an addition of oyster shell grit, and then top dressed with vermiculite. The whole thing is under one of those seed starting "greenhouse" domes, and everything seems to be going fine. Just look forward to when the plants are large enough to prick out into separate pots.

Southwest Nova Scotia, zone 6b or thereabouts

Longma
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Seedlings of various members of the Fritillaria subgenus Liliorhiza are beginning to shoot up now,  ;D

53.69° N, Dedicated to West Coast Fritillaria, plus three other members of the subgenus Liliorhiza. I grow other Genera, as time permits !

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