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Nomocharis aperta

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Nomocharis aperta is is a perennial, herbaceous plant reaching heights of between 25 and 50 centimeters. Flowers are rose-colored. An Asian species of flowering plant in the lily family. It is found in the mountains of southwestern China (Tibet, Yunnan, Sichuan) and Myanmar.

I ‘discovered’ it while browsing the ‘Rare Plants’ website in spring and as it seemed to enjoy Scottish conditions I decided to have a go. The bulbs are tiny and very expensive, so I just bought one to see if it would grow….and it did!

As you can see, mine is tiny! But this is it’s first year, so I am really thrilled that it has flowered!

It is probably easiest to grow Nomocharis from bulbs; these should be burried about 8 to 10 cm deep, and spaced from 12 cm (small Nomocharis species) to 40 cm (large Nomocharis varieties) apart in the spring.

They can grow in either a sunny or partially shaded part of the garden. The soil should be well drained yet moist. Nomocharis prefers to grow in an acidic and deep soil.

The growing soil should be mulched in the spring, and kept moist but not wet through the growing and flowering period of the summer.

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What a lovely thing! Glad it likes Scotland, it will be a joy when it spreads!

28 Jun, 2015

 

It is lovely Karen. ..I may have a go at growing it too. :)

28 Jun, 2015

 

Stunning Karen - well done - Jane

28 Jun, 2015

 

Thank you all. I thought about cosseting it and then read its better to plant them in the ground, so i plonked it in, marked it with a plastic label and voila!

28 Jun, 2015

 

Beautiful K.........will look forward to seeing it in a few weeks.

28 Jun, 2015

 

That's answered my question on the photo you put on of this. It is very pretty. I hope it produces some bulblets for you.

29 Jun, 2015

 

Its certainly very pretty. I might buy another one next year, and plant nearby.

29 Jun, 2015

 

Karen I dk where you bought yours but check out Pitcairn Alpines website for these delightful bulbs. Scottish and I both tried growing them from seed last year. She came down to see mine and was reassured that they looked like hers. I have not seen any sign of mine this year. The seeds were planted in a pot. I dk if hers have reappeared or not. We got the seeds at the SRGC bulb day at Dunblane 2014. I decided to buy some bulbs this year and have just sent in my order. Bulbs will be sent out from September. You can pay by Paypal, bank transfer or by cheque. I do not normally buy online so I will pay by cheque. Susan Band the owner is well known in SRGC so I have no qualms about buying from her. She used to be trade only but branched out into selling retail via her website. The website is worth viewing just to look and drool at the catalogue. Just highlight the folowing link then click on the drop down menu to go to www.pitcairnalpines.co.uk
You might also want to check out the Pacific Bulb Society website which shows a photo of a yellow version grown by Susan from seed. She is offering that for sale now. There are also photos of Nomocharis grown from SRGC seed sown in 2010 and flowering in 2013 and 2014. http://www.pacificbulbsociety.org/pbswiki/index.php/Nomocharis

29 Jun, 2015

 

Thanks Scotsgran! I'm pretty sure my bulb came from the 'Rare 'Plants' website. Keith put me on to them when I was looking at some of his plants. I came across Pitcairn when I was researching, but tbh, as I'm not much of an Alpine grower, I didnt linger long. But thanks, I will check them out. I paid £14 for the bulb, so it was quite a risk, but the advice seemed to be that they were easy in Scotland, and it looks like that might be true! You are so patient trying from seed!

29 Jun, 2015

 

Wow it is so pretty Karen, I'm so glad it has bloomed for you as you say £14 is a little expensive for one bulb by well worth it.

1 Jul, 2015

 

It's very nice Karen and somewhat unusual.I can't say I've seen one before!

3 Jul, 2015

 

same here paul! Thanks Teds x

3 Jul, 2015

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