Collection of Thoughts on Small Wild Bulbs

If you can’t visit these bulbs in their natural wild habitat read the wild stories from a Latvian bulb collector Janis Ruskans.
Small Iris bulbs should be replanted and thinned every 2-3 years to retain flower power.

Iris reticulata

If you like Iris reticulata and a good travel yarn then you could do a lot worse than read ‘Buried Treasures: Finding and Growing the World’s Choicest Bulbs’ by Janis Ruksans

Book Cover
I think of Janis as the wild ‘ iris bulb man’ for the work he performs on breeding the various varieties in his Latvian nursery.

Janis Ruksans has been growing bulbs since age twelve and from 1991 has operated his own bulb nursery in his native Latvia. Janis is an expert specializing in rare and unusual bulbs. This book includes stories of his travels on several expeditions searching for new bulbs throughout Europe and Central Asia. He has also written a respected work on ‘Crocuses A complete guide to the genus’.

June garden 038 Iris reticulata

Unusually late these Iris reticulata normally bloom in the wild as soon as the snow melts on the mountain side.
Normally in the wild they remain dry during summer.
The bulbs should be replanted and thinned every 2-3 years to retain flower power.

Other Links
Look Forward to Winter and Iris Reticulata
Iris Reticulata and Histroides Species
Growing Iris From Bulbs
Tips for Growing Spring Iris from Bulbs


4 Responses to Collection of Thoughts on Small Wild Bulbs

  1. Flower Delivery October 14, 2012 at 16.03 #

    Hello. I like your tip about “Small Iris bulbs should be replanted and thinned every 2-3 years to retain flower power.” Being in the flower business, I will use your advice this year for my planting and flower delivery

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