[Trillium-l] Trillium Research

bbruss at juno.com bbruss at juno.com
Thu Jan 15 14:54:24 CET 2015

When I ran my business full time I did do the eastern Trillium from seed.  I sowed them directly into raised beds and let nature do the rest.  I started growing them from seed when I noticed they were self sowing all over my yard, even in sunny lawn.  I did grandiflorum the most followed by erectum and luteum.  I was wholesale and nurseries wouldn't pay my price of $4..  I don't think I ever sold more than 50 plants in total.  When I closed the business I gave all my stock away.  I was told my price was too high as they could get them cheaper.  It made no difference that mine were grown from seed here.  It was obvious the plants they sold were  wild collected as they were small and generally only half as tall as my plants. I went out of business in 2008 so it wasn't that long ago. Marsha Russell, zone 5a, Littleton, MA, USA

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From: Adam Black <epiphyte1 at earthlink.net>
To: "Trillium Enthusiast Discussion List (and other Woodland plants)" <trillium-l at science.uu.nl>
Subject: Re: [Trillium-l] Trillium Research
Date: Thu, 15 Jan 2015 02:11:13 -0500 (GMT-05:00)

Tissue culture protocols have been worked out for successfully with many Trillium species and is continuing to be refined at places like Atlanta Botanical Garden, mainly for conservation purposes. This method is expensive and labor intensive, and being that unfortunately Trilliums will always be a niche market it would not in any way be profitable for a nursery to attempt.  The T. maculatum here in the southernmost Gainesville population are currently flowering - but they are a little late this year and their emergence wasn't as synchronized as it usually is. Haven't had time to run up to the FL panhandle to check on our other three native species, but in my garden the T. underwoodii are also currently flowering, with T. decipiens about to open, and up but always last to flower is T. lancifolum.  Adam

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From: Charles Hunter <2csh at bellsouth.net> 
Sent: Jan 15, 2015 1:42 AM 
To: "'Trillium Enthusiast Discussion List (and other Woodland plants)'" <trillium-l at science.uu.nl> 
Subject: Re: [Trillium-l] Trillium Research 

<zzz!--[if !mso]=""> <zzz![endif]--><zzz!--[if !mso]=""> <zzz![endif]-->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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