December 6 and 14, 2003
Hooker's Fairy Bells
This was from a small division. It was a huge shrub last year (for a fairy bell). Very dense twiggy growth a foot & a half high.
Western Wake Robin
These guys were grown from seed gathered 6 years ago. They only just bloomed last year. I guess I should have used some fertilizer. They were grown in 1 gallon pots divided into quarters with makeshift inserts and last year I moved some up to gallons. At least 1/3 of them died of neglect over that long time.
This is the biggest one. Notice how the roots are all curled up at the bottom and the rest of the pot is mostly empty soil.
These are some of the smallest ones. 6 years?!
These are medium and "large" sized. The scale is 6-inches. The swollen bulb part is as big as a peanut on the largest ones and less than 1/4 that size for the smallest.
Giant Wake Robin
Ah, this is the favorite. I thought it would eventually spread by rhizomes but like the others, it just makes a big dense clump. The leaves push each other out, they are so crowded.
I retained half the clump (right and below) to replant in the same place and divided the other half. They snapped cleanly off with a bit of wiggling and didn't even require a knife to cut.
Giant Wake Robin
This clump isn't quite as big so I divided it up into roughly equal parts. A triple clump on the left and a tiny one in the middle.
Fat Solomon's Seal
This is the tall fragrant Smilacina. I didn't get pictures of the S. stellata but those are very different, spreading widely sometimes travelling up to 12 inches without putting up a shoot.
The S. racemosa here formed a ring of shoots and came apart without any indication that they were even attached.
PS I used a hose to clean these all off. It was very gentle and easy to do.
It doesn't seem like I damaged the roots at all. None went down or out very far
in our clay soil. Some required careful shaking & tugging to untangle the roots.
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