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I am just dying to plant my 20 Eremurus (desert candles bulbs) - I believe they are quite difficult to grow- planted 5 last year in autumn, planted on a bed of 1in grit and covered by 1 in gritty soil. I have seen 2 appear, 2 shoots off each with strappy leaves, but they have gone over the last few weeks and haven't seen a flower shoot?? Think thye should be flowereing now....I have still have 20 "bulbs" to plant, should I plant now or wait till the autumn or spring? Temperatures do go down to -17 here in York and I am on clay soil. Must be difficult to grow because I haven't seen any growing even in the fantastic Open Gardens I have visited, so assume no-one has a great success with them?? Or do they? .........Anybody growing them successfully and how do you do it?
These plants need plenty of drainage,Had I clay soil I would dig a large -ish hole dig in plenty of grit sand and something like pearlite mix this well with compost. Problebly a third of each. The roots grow like an octapus tentacles and will snap very easily .They need the same conditions as alstromeria lilies . For the first few years I grew mine in a largeplant pot sunk in the ground Your stem may still come as the leaves tend to die back . But They do not like wet conitions so with all the rainy seasons we are getting, plant in a pot put it outside your door or something.
I have had mine for 2 years with no flower, another poster told me that they had to get to a reasonable size before they flowered so I will be interested in how you get on.
I have tried all kinds of drainage methods on my clay soil in Leicestershire but have never managed to get an eremurus to flower. They come up every year (for 8 years!) and produce plenty of leaves but that's it. Given up. I suspect only by pot-growing or those in the south with naturally sandy soil can give them the right hot and dry conditions. They definitely do not like clay soil!
I love these plants-in other people's gardens! They hate damp and cold.They are very temperamental and planting them- I once planted 20- is a nightmare since the roots are so brittle. I've only succeeded with plants I've bought , at some expense, in pots and even these have disappeared this year. The others have rotted through damp and cold. I am a bit concerned that you haven't planted them yet because there is a danger that if you hold onto them too long before planting them they will shrivel and die. I'd get them in now in really gritty soil in a spot that is not shaded by other plants, protect them aganst snails and slugs, mulch them with leafmould in winter and pray.