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Mexican Shell Flower (Tigridia pavonia)

Posted by jkrup44 9B FL (My Page) on
Fri, Feb 27, 09 at 22:59

Hello. I planted some Mexican Shell Flower (Tigridia pavonia) bulbs in pots recently, but they haven't sprouted up yet. Does anyone have any experience growing these? Any advice? Thanks.

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RE: Mexican Shell Flower (Tigridia pavonia)

I grew them years ago and nothing special was required. They need a warm place which should be no problem in Florida. Al

RE: Mexican Shell Flower (Tigridia pavonia)

  • Posted by maryl Z7 Okla. (My Page) on
    Sat, Feb 28, 09 at 16:30

I grew them years ago too. Although there wasn't a problem with winter hardiness, the blooms didn't seem to have much substance to the petals. Maybe it was our heat? Although they are from Mexico, perhaps they are from a higher cooler altitude then where I live. Someone who knows more about bulbs then I do might be able to explain it, or maybe that's just the nature of the beast so to speak. Anyway, after awhile mine got crowded out by other plants and I have never tried growing them again. The colors were pretty though.

RE: Mexican Shell Flower (Tigridia pavonia)

I tried a box of them once. A few made it and I thought they were very interesting. Unfortunately most did not.

This is what I was told: they like it where the temperatures are cooler as in the mountainous areas of MX rather than the warm to hot spring in the Dallas TX area where I live. I never tried again. Out of a box of 100 I only got about 10 flowers.

Maybe what I was told was wrong.

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