[Trillium-l] Trillium Research

Charles Hunter 2csh at bellsouth.net
Thu Jan 15 07:42:17 CET 2015

Russ: Of course the problem with growing trilliums by nurseries is the
number of years it takes to get from seed to flowering plant. Of course
there are some sellers who buy and then sell plants dug from the wild, but I
doubt if what Fred Case said is really coming true. Surely somebody on this
list would have posted something if it were the case.


I PROMISE I do not have any financial interest in Plant Delights Nursery in
North Carolina, but owner Tony Avent is trying to do several species of
trilliums from seed. Of course these are not the western species, which are
very difficult in the east. My bet is that he doesn't really expect to
retire off profits from trillium sales (he sells LOTS of other stuff) but
has an interest in these plants and I see on his website that he now offers
several selections of the rare species T. gracile- I have never seen that
one offered for sale anywhere before. I know that he is close to offering T.
oostingii. Whatever he is doing can certainly be considered cutting
edge/research within the context of what Fred Case was talking about.. 


Not sure tissue culture would make blooming plants sooner than seeds.  No
doubt there is interest in trilliums from people who know what they are, but
not sure most nursery people will get enthused about a plant that takes that
many years to get to blooming stage, at least from a profit standpoint.


Anyhow this is my $ 0.02.


Charles Hunter

Smyrna, Georgia USA z7 (early underwoodii, Gainesville Florida maculatum,
some decipiens and one foetidissimum showing in the garden- none blooming)







From: trillium-l-bounces at science.uu.nl
[mailto:trillium-l-bounces at science.uu.nl] On Behalf Of Russell Graham
Sent: Thursday, January 15, 2015 12:20 AM
To: Trillium Enthusiast Discussion List (and other Woodland plants)
Subject: [Trillium-l] Trillium Research


Good New Year All!


While things are quiet out in the "garden," I am doing some reading and just
ran across the following:


"So great is the interest in trilliums that extensive research programs
exist both in the United States and abroad to learn to propagate these
plants by seed and by tissue culture methods so that they can be
commercially grown for profit without impinging upon wild populations."


It is on page 16 of the Case book Trilliums...published in 1997


So, now that 14 years have passed does anyone have any idea what resulted
from the extensive research programs?  Does anyone know what programs either
here or abroad the Cases were referring to?


Most Kindly,



Russell Graham, Purveyor of Plants, Salem, OR, Zone 8 (7)



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