Leucocoryne

At the foot of the Andes Mountains, this delightful plant bears its long wiry, arched stems of brilliant blue and white blooms which possess a delicious fragrance. The small freesia-like bulbs are of such easy culture, growing to perfection in a cool house temperature of around 45 0 F. that they should be grown in abun dance by all bulb lovers, but how few have ever even heard of them. They should be given the cultural treatment of freesias and Watsonias, that is to keep them quite dry after the bulbs have been planted in pots or boxes and until growth commences. The bulbs are planted in late August and placed in a cold frame or room until rooting takes place. They may be taken to a warm room in the early new year or to a cold greenhouse in February, where they will bloom throughout early spring.

Those who would like an original display should try the Leucocoryne in the long boxes or containers specially made for the window display of plants. The container may be placed in an attic or cellar until growth commences towards the year end, and it may then be removed to a cold frame or greenhouse whilst the window is being used for geraniums or other plants. Then in early March, if the container is placed in the window and the bulbs are kept comfortably moist, the reward will be arching sprays of richly coloured blooms which will remain in bloom for five to six weeks. The delicious fragrance will be an additional attraction.

If the bulbs could be obtained inexpensively, this is a cut-flower plant that should find a ready sale at market. The flower sprays remain fresh in water for a full week and it is ‘something different’.

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