Mark Griffiths Inspiring Plants

Acis – this seems to where the smaller members of the Leucojium family (the Snowflakes) were shoved a few years back. They tend to be bulbs of quiet charm and I was a bit suprised that I am growing four species currently. How did that happen? Generally it seems a common theme is that these are bulbs that generally like to be left alone and depending on the species, given the opportunity to clump up.

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Acis rosea. Like nicaeensis I got this many years ago. It's still in a small pot even after buying a couple more bulbs. The local slugs have declared it as "delicious" and despite being in the greenhouse in a position furthest from slug egress it regularly gets the leaves chewed or my personal favourite, has a tiny bite out of the flower stalk at the base so the flower falls over. I've tried getting seed from exchanges but so far no luck with germination. I think a proper potful would be delightful – however most of the pictures on the net seem to show one lonely plant. 

Acis autumnale var pulchellum. I got this one by accident, I had ordered bulbs of another species but this one turned up ( now all put right by the people who sold me it in the first place). It is probably more for the garden but given how things get eaten I keep it in a pot. As the name suggests it's an autumn flowering species and autumn flowering bulbs are always particularly welcome.

Acis nicaeensis. This is a spring flowering species I got many years ago. In a way it grew a little too well which means they had to go into large pots for which there really is no room in the greenhouse plunge beds (or the lower beds either). So they need to stand on the concrete and I think they get a little too dry and shaded so I don't get the flowers I should. They've not been repotted for a while either and there is a solid mass of bulbs in the bottom of the pots. It also seeds into the plunges other pots and it's taken a while to weed it out. I have tried a few bulbs outside but they soon disappeared, either due to cold or the slugs. Right now I'm trying to give the pots a bit of care because when it does flower it can make a nice display.

Acis trichophylla. This is the most recent purchase, I hesitated previously as this has a reputation for being more difficult. Instructions were to plant in a very sandy compost and leave it alone.