My mother just bought and gave me two giant fritillaria bulbs. One of them fell apart (separated). What should I do? I am in zone 6, southwestern Ohio.
This is ok. You can plant the two halves and it should grow 2 plants. This is a normal way these plants reproduce and you just got more than you paid for. :)
I recently purchased 3 small Fritillaria michaelowsyi plants and re-potted them into a well drained container. Five days on and they seem to be dying, as all the flowers seem to be fading/wilting and are starting to go crispy. Do you think I have killed them? Am I likely to be able to revive them? And should I remove the dying flowers? If so, do I cut them off or pull them off? Many thanks in anticipation of your help, Kind regards, Louise
You purchased these as a forced bulb plant. They have most likely already been blooming for a while and are now will began to fade. If your leaving them in planters or putting them in the ground make sure the soil is well draining. Bulbs sitting in water will rot.
Here is a link with more information about growing Fritillaria.
Do these plants go to seed? I have two Imperials, yellow and orange.
Yes, they do go to seed. Seed formation will happen if you do not remove the faded flowers. Allow the seed pods to dry on the plant, break them open and collect the seeds.
For more information on the care of fritillaria, please visit the following link: