Does anyone know of a trusted source where you can get seeds or bulbs for ramps? I have about an acre of full canopy shade on my land, and I'd like to try to grow them here in Olympia and see how they do. I ordered seeds from a place online about 3 months ago, and have never received my seeds although they did charge me.
Also, does anyone have any experience trying to grow ramps in the PNW? The foresty bit of my land has maple, fir, and red alder as canopy, with lots of sword and bracken fern in the herbaceous layer, and is probably 98+% shaded for most of any day of the year.
Any information would help, thanks so much!
posted 8 years ago
Hey, around here in WNY the ramp seeds are just maturing, so maby they are waiting for a fresh batch of seeds. just an idea...
Kyle Williams wrote: Also, does anyone have any experience trying to grow ramps in the PNW? The foresty bit of my land has maple, fir, and red alder as canopy, with lots of sword and bracken fern in the herbaceous layer, and is probably 98+% shaded for most of any day of the year.
the firs could give you trouble, as could the ferns. firs generally have a lot of shallow roots that will compete with the ramps. and the ferns occupy the same vertical layer as the ramps, though they might get up before the bracken.
I've grown a limited amount of ramps, and I'm planning more in the future. it's certainly doable, but our precipitation patterns really aren't ideal for this particular plant. so I think we'll have to temper our expectations somewhat in this part of the world. your brief description of your site does sound promising, it's just likely that you'll have to do a bit of weeding for a while and pick your spots carefully.
I see wild ramps growing under deciduous trees they need the spring sunshine and summer shade they also very often pair with ivy if there is some growing by you. They don't grow under needle trees here. The European species is very similar I would think its true for the American type as well.