Choice Bulb Farms

Eremurus Ruyter       Back to Plants

Hybrid. Selected types out of a seedling mixture that was originated in the early 50’s and has been used predominantly for the cut flower trade. I was fortunate enough to find one of the original growers who would only sell to me on the condition that the roots would be shipped out of the country. I offer these by color since the selections were never named. These stocks are clones, not strains, meaning that in each color every plant is identical, each selection was started with only one plant. All colors are distinct in size, foliage and color. They are listed here in order of flowering time from early June to early July.

Salmon. 4.5 to 5.5 feet tall. Broad foliage with a greyish cast to it.

White.  5 to 6 feet tall, very robust and strong growing. Flowers are set rather loosely on the spike.

Yellow.  Also quite tall, ranging from 5-6 feet in height. Very bright yellow color. Not as strong growing as the white. Makes very large roots.

Pink. 4-5 feet tall. Foliage is not as broad as the other hybrids listed. Flower spike dense and narrow, the best color of all of these offered but not the strongest grower with smaller roots.

Apricot.  Medium size plant averaging 4 to 5 feet in height. Tall stem with shorter flower spike.

Cream. 3.5 to 4.5 feet tall, distinctive foliage. Shorter and narrower leaves, twice as many as the others. Good grower with smaller roots.

 

 

PLant POINTS

Sizing
In general, the bigger the bulb, the larger the flower. Bulbs traditionally are sized in centimeters circumference (2.5 cm=1 inch) However, some bulbs do not size well and can not be measured in this way because of their odd shape. Eremurus is a good example of this; its long, spider-like arms cannot easily or practically be measured, consequently it is sold by grading it by numbers (number one being the largest of its type, number two being second largest etc.) In the case of these odd bulbs that can not be graded, we ship the largest practical size.

FROSTHARDINESS.
ITo the best of our ability, we have given you a guess as to how hardy any of the bulbs we offer are. Conditions vary greatly depending on microclimate, altitude, soil-type, etc. We have used the USDA chart, which divides the country according to lowest average winter temperature. You, however, are the best judge on how cold the weather really gets in your given area

DRAINAGE.
All bulbs need good drainage, this is more important that any other growing condition.

Naming
A bulb is an under ground storage organ consisting of a series of scales attached to a basal plate ,such as tulip , allium ,lily. A corm is a solid tissue mass with specific points for growth nodes and roots, such as gladiolus, crocus. A tuber is and underground stem capable of producing buds and roots, such as begonia or calla. A rhizome is a swollen root modified to be come a storage organ and capable of the same, eremurus, lily of the valley,aconitum. They are in general called "bulbs". They are underground storage organs developed to overcome adverse climate conditions and capable of producing above ground plants at certain times and survive mostly by division.

BULB DEFINITION.
A bulb is an under ground storage organ consisting of a series of scales attached to a basal plate ,such as tulip , allium ,lily. A corm is a solid tissue mass with specific points for growth nodes and roots, such as gladiolus, crocus. A tuber is and underground stem capable of producing buds and roots, such as begonia or calla. A rhizome is a swollen root modified to be come a storage organ and capable of the same, eremurus, lily of the valley,aconitum. They are in general called "bulbs". They are underground storage organs developed to overcome adverse climate conditions and capable of producing above ground plants at certain times and survive mostly by de vision.

ORIGIN.
If you familiarize yourself with the origin and natural growing conditions of these plants, you can avoid a great many costly mistakes. For instance, a plant that originates from a harsh land-climate will not do well in a tropical or sub-tropical climate, although it might prosper on higher elevations in such a climate.

FERTILIZATION.
Once established, fertilize only sparingly prior to active growth. Water as long as there is green foliage. Fertilize with a well decayed manure or a chemical fertilizer high in P and K and low in N, preferably a slow release type as this is more practical and