16/03/19 - Fritillary Update - when this first emerged it didn’t know which direction to grow and it veered left, then right, straggled along the ground then shot upwards! And despite the wind it’s holding up very well now. This is the earliest I’ve ever seen it flower, definitely think it prefers being in the ground. Moved it from a pot to my bulb nursery bed last autumn. The others are coming up fast behind it #fritillaria #fritillary #fritillaria-imperialis #fritillariaimperialisearlypassion
Fritillaria imperialis ‘Early Passion’ - just scraped in at the beginning of April. Earlier flowering than the others #fritillary #fritillaria-imperialis #fritillaria #fritillariaimperialisearlypassion #crownimperial #bestofapril
The first one fully open, 'Early Passion' - definitely smaller than last year so possibly another bulb that is split into two, or it didn't get enough energy stored up last year. #fritillaria #fritillary #crownimperial #fritillaria-imperialis #fritillariaimperialisearlypassion
The markings on the flowers of Fritillaria imperialis 'Early Passion' are amazing, compared the other yellow forms 💛👌🏼 - combined with the almost black stems and the spread between each bloom. Not at all cluttered! #crownimperial #fritillaria-imperialis #fritillaria #fritillariaimperialisearlypassion #fritillary
Morning 👋🏼😀 - thought I'd start today with some #fritillary updates. Last year I spent a bit of time hunting around for yellow flowering cultivar which had 'a bit of an edge' to it. Well I eventually chose this one, 'Early Passion', and I picked it because I wanted the darker, almost black stems as a contrast. The normal Lutea variety just has green stems and not sure I'm as much a fan of it compared to the red varieties. And now that it's flowered I can honestly say it's a beauty! 😍💛👌🏼
Most Fritillaria should be planted on their side to prevent loss due to rotting. Each bulb has a cavity on the top side which can collect with water and if hangs around will start to cause rot. On their sides, the water has less chance to stay around. Doesn't harm to plant on a bed of grit too. The shoots will easily adjust as they develop 👍🏼
Haha, yes they probably good at repelling a few things - even the neighbours! They are known to have a bit of a odour when they start to poke through the soil. But tends to disappear before they start flowering in my experience. I can put up with the smell, but for many it puts them off growing them. @gjones
@ankur1406 - oh dear, that's not good 😱 - if they are out of the ground too long in cold damp conditions this can cause rot - when did you buy them - recently or some time ago? It might be worth giving up on them and just saving the ones that look ago. Can you purchase fresh bulbs?