Re: Bowiea Volubilis

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Posted by Frank Vincentz on July 03, 2002 at 10:12:34:

In Reply to: Re: Bowiea Volubilis posted by Newt on May 10, 2002 at 21:03:04:

Hello,
in my experience Bowiea volubilis is easy propagated by seed as well as by separating doughter bulbs. There is really no need of that tricky micropropagation mentioned above.

Bowiea volubilis is a self fertile species. At least my single plant used to produce seed without assistance of a second one as pollen donator.
In my greenhouse small flies and other insects took care for pollination. If you lack on them give a helping hand and use a brush or just rub one flower against another.

Medium-sized plants usually produce many dozends to hundreds of flowers a year and as each flower results in three (sometimes more) seeds there should be no lack of seedlings.

Moreover seedlings are very easy grown. In their first year they show a grass-like leaf only. The typical vines don't appeare before the second year. Flowers will be produced from the third or fourth year on.

Well feeded plants tend to produce doughter bulbs with the age which can be separated without problems.

Ask Carole for a second opinion:
http://www.geocities.com/caroles72165/poseypointersurvey.htm

Here are photos of Bowiea volubilis:
http://131.152.161.2/FMPro?-db=b.fp5&-lay=L&-format=art/ artlistee.htm&gatt=Bowiea&art=volubilis&-max=6&-find
Unfortunately this URL is very long. I suggest to copy and paste it in two parts.


Frank
www.euphorbia.de

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