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  Dranunculus vulgaris Source & Related Question(s)
From: Doug Burdic <dburdic at presys.com> on 1997.09.10 at 18:43:42(1216)
Hello All,

Last year I was fortunate enough to obtain some small Dranunculus
vulgaris from Rob in Australia and since my first unsucessful season of
growing them, I have searched the internet looking for answers as well
as any source for more plants without any luck.(Rainforest Gardens in
Canada sells them, but not to Oregon) Either I am not looking in the
right place, or else there just isn't anything written about this plant
on the net!? I did manage to find two beautiful pictures of Dranunculus
vulgaris along with a few words about the plant, but that is the extent
of what I came up with while trying to answer my own questions. You can
view these at the following URLs:

http://www.dsoe.com/explore/gardens/dranc1.html

http://www.palomar.edu/Wayne/ww0602.htm#arums

My plants were potted in a sandy loam w/good drainage and lightly
fertilized. Same basic treatment I gave all my Aroids which are doing
great with this one problematic exception. The new leaves would elongate
and then dry up before they opened. The roots were checked and looked
fine, with no insect or fungus problems on the rhizome(tuber,corm,?).
Out of 9 shoots, only one actually formed a true 6" leaf(height not
width). This week I excavated and removed the rhizome, fully expecting
to find mush, but all appears healthy? In fact, there are several new,
white lateral shoots that give all indication of beginning their spring
growth!(?) I had been prepared to put this plant through the dry
dormancy in my shop with the others, but am now having second thoughts
since I would imagine this succulent new growth wouldn't survive.Should
this be stored in sightly damp peat instead? Any ideas, prayers or
suggestions of what I did wrong & what should be done with these plants
given the above information would be greatly appreciated, as well as any
much needed cultural information you might have on this species.

Finally, does anybody know of a commercial source for Dranunculus
vulgaris or happen to have any larger ones that they would want to sell?
I'm not obsessed with this plant...but close.

Apologize for the length of this post and thanks in advance for any
information you can give me.

Best Wishes,

Doug

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From: jbauer <"jbauer at concordnc.com" at concordnc.com> on 1997.09.11 at 06:40:23(1218)
Hi Doug,
I bought my Dranunculus vulgaris from Breck's garden catalogue and
planted it December 1, 1990. I live in North Carolina, plant zone 7. I
consider it a strange growing plant. It will bloom, then the bulbs
appears to rot, then it reblooms the following year. This past Spring
1997 I moved the bulbs before they bloomed. As a result of moving the
bulbs, it did not bloom this year. It will be interesting to observe
this plant's behavior next spring.
I enjoyed the web site that you sent :
http://www.palomar.edu/Wayne/ww0602.htm#arums
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From: Al Wootten <awootten at NRAO.EDU> on 1997.09.11 at 06:46:08(1219)
Doug Burdic writes:
> Finally, does anybody know of a commercial source for Dranunculus
> vulgaris or happen to have any larger ones that they would want to sell?
> I'm not obsessed with this plant...but close.
>
I may recall incorrectly, but I think that the Daffodil Mart in Gloucester
Virginia was selling them last spring. I live very near there and
had meant to get some but somehow never quite got there.

Clear skies,
Al

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From: Rand Nicholson <writserv at nbnet.nb.ca> on 1997.09.11 at 06:59:12(1221)
Doug Burdic wrote:

>Hello All,
>
>Last year I was fortunate enough to obtain some small Dranunculus
>vulgaris from Rob in Australia and since my first unsucessful season of
>growing them, I have searched the internet looking for answers as well
>as any source for more plants without any luck.
(snip)
>The new leaves would elongate
>and then dry up before they opened. The roots were checked and looked
>fine, with no insect or fungus problems on the rhizome(tuber,corm,?).
>Out of 9 shoots, only one actually formed a true 6" leaf(height not
>width).

Same here, except the leaves on my plants did open, however, many died back
after only a month or so. My plants are still growing and still (slooowly)
sending up few more leaves, but they never became robust as did my other
Aroid tubers. I only achieved a leaf height of about 10 cm.

>My plants were potted in a sandy loam w/good drainage and lightly
>fertilized.
(Snip)

My plants were container planted in a soiless mix with added organic
compost and extra perlite for excellent drainage, but were not fertilized
at all.

>Any ideas, prayers or
>suggestions of what I did wrong & what should be done with these plants
>given the above information would be greatly appreciated, as well as any
>much needed cultural information you might have on this species.
(snip)
>Doug Burdic
>dburdic@presys.com

I ditto and double this plea for help.

Kind Regards,

Rand

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From: Zzzadig at aol.com on 1997.09.11 at 07:50:09(1223)
I bought mine from Plants Delights. It is a FABULOUS plant. Hope mine keeps
spreading.

Julie

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From: eduardo gomes goncalves <eggon at guarany.cpd.unb.br> on 1997.09.11 at 18:59:53(1236)
Hey, I had the same problem with Rob's Dracunculus...
Should it be some kind of botanical Jet-lag? Or maybe the Australian blues?

Eduardo.

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From: plantnut at shadow.net (Dewey Fisk) on 1997.09.15 at 09:01:43(1250)
>Don't you just love Spring !
>
>Cheers,
> Rob.

Rob,
After the heat we have had here in South Florida all summer ((supposed to
have been the hottest summer on record)).... I, for one, am very glad Fall
is just around the corner....
Dewey

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From: Rand Nicholson <writserv at nbnet.nb.ca> on 1997.09.15 at 11:18:57(1251)
>>Don't you just love Spring !
>>
>>Cheers,
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From: eduardo gomes goncalves <eggon at guarany.cpd.unb.br> on 1997.09.15 at 20:33:03(1252)
Rob said:

> Sounds like your Dracuncs. are pining for the great southern land
> from whence they came.
> I find it takes about 18 months for Nth. hemisphere bulbs to change
> their rythmn to our seasons.

Well, mine are growing in the same Southern hemisphere than was in your
land and they are still feeling the blues. I think they didn't enjoy the
Ocident...

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From: Rand Nicholson <writserv at nbnet.nb.ca> on 1997.09.16 at 05:40:57(1253)
>Rob said:
>
>> Sounds like your Dracuncs. are pining for the great southern land
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