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Name: tarev
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tarev
Mar 26, 2012 9:52 PM CST
I just got this nice looking orange plant called Orange Star - Ornithogalum dubium. Just wanted to know anyone's experience growing this plant..how long did your blooms last? And after it blooms, do I follow the daffodil way of letting the leaves grow fully and chop it off later..do I need to dig the bulbs out? Is it easy to rebloom?
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jmorth
Mar 28, 2012 10:51 AM CST
I grow this little beauty under fluorescent lights in my basement over winter. It appears a scape with blooms is getting ready to pop. Once in bloom, the bloom presentation is kind of lengthy (comparability to other bloomers in basement.) Once the bloom fade, I cut blooming stems off and let the leaves grow until plant starts to lose vigor. Gradually cease watering. At die-back I just place the pot in a dark spot in the basement and leave it dry till new growth noted (usually fall), then start anew. Sometimes the next season brings more blooms, sometimes not. If I find some pics of it in bloom, I'll post them, or post pics when it blooms this year.
(I use the same cultural techniques for this Ornithogalum as with Lachenalia).
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Name: tarev
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tarev
Mar 28, 2012 11:53 AM CST
Thanks jmorth! That sounds easy enough Big Grin I just love how orange and alive this one looks..hope to see your photos soon!
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HaroldS
Apr 1, 2012 11:08 PM CST
tarev said:Thanks jmorth! That sounds easy enough Big Grin I just love how orange and alive this one looks..hope to see your photos soon!


How about a photo of yours?
Name: tarev
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tarev
Apr 2, 2012 9:24 AM CST
Here's its photo:


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HaroldS
Apr 2, 2012 10:23 AM CST
Nice!
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May 10, 2012 5:19 PM CST

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tarev said:I just love how orange and alive this one looks.


Boy isn't that the truth. Beautiful Tarev.
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tarev
Mar 20, 2013 3:47 PM CST
My Orange Star is starting to show its new buds for Spring 2013 Hurray!

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Name: tarev
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tarev
Apr 23, 2013 4:40 PM CST
Buds beginning to mature a little more...finally seeing some orange color coming about..
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jmorth
Apr 23, 2013 11:14 PM CST
Just about there!
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fixpix
Apr 24, 2013 1:55 AM CST
Have seen these for sale at supermarkets, but to me, they look messy. Leaves, stems flopping over.
Do they really need support?
I think that's what kept me from buying a pot.

I grew the O. saundersiae ... very nice look. Leaves sturdy, stems long, straight but strong, big flower heads.

Problem, I overwatered last spring and bulbs rotted. Lucky me I had seeds and now I have a pot full of seedlings :)
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tarev
Apr 24, 2013 9:57 AM CST
I just put the circular support on my plants since I moved them from indoors last year, anticipating occasional windy conditions in our garden.

I was just glad to see this plant come back. Some bulb fertilizer and some new soil and it is set to go. It survived a rain/hail mix last Easter but left it with marks on its leaves, but otherwise it is okay and is now getting ready to bloom Smiling
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tarev
Apr 24, 2013 1:26 PM CST
Just saw some of the buds opening up as our temps start hitting the low 80's:
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Name: tarev
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tarev
Mar 3, 2015 1:23 PM CST
I have been mean with these bulbs..have allowed snails to make a happy meal of the leaves.. Rolling my eyes.

But, just got to love the tenacity of this plant to grow..,poor thing such badly eaten leaves, thankfully buds are showing up...have moved it to our glass table away from the garden monsters.

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jmorth
Mar 3, 2015 2:06 PM CST
You might consider adding the pics from 4-24-13, a couple posts up) into Database. They're good pics and db can always use more of those.

I need to get something like you're using to corral those dubiums for my Lachenalias.
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Name: tarev
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tarev
Mar 3, 2015 2:08 PM CST
Nah, that old shot is not too nicely centered.
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Seedfork
Mar 3, 2015 2:16 PM CST
Most photographers hate it when the photos are all perfectly centered. They like them being off set, it is called the rule of thirds. I like to center mine too though, most of the time.
Name: tarev
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tarev
Mar 3, 2015 2:26 PM CST
To each his choice I guess..I will just wait for this new batch..and get a better background. Smiling
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gemini_sage
Mar 3, 2015 2:45 PM CST
It sounds like these are easier to grow as houseplants than I had thought. Do they require cool conditions for growth and flowering?
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Name: tarev
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tarev
Mar 3, 2015 3:14 PM CST
Yes, it does like cool conditions for growth and flowering. Just do not make it too soggy wet.

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