June 23, 2012 (in the afternoon)
I only knew Ilona and Cor Noorman by their "field list" (initials NL) in Willi Gertel’s Kompendium. In early 2012, I was pleasantly surprised to receive an email from them, offering me a list of plants for sale. Having no NL number yet in my collection, I immediately ordered ! ! ! I took the opportunity to suggest a visit of their collection. The proposal was immediately accepted. Here is a little report of this visit.
Then let’s move into Cor’s greenhouse. The first impression is the same as in Ilona’s greenhouse : everything seems perfect.
The collection consists of about 2000 Sulcos. The challenge for Cor is to obtain plants having the same appearance as those that occur in nature in Bolivia. To achieve this goal, he “mistreats” his plants over and over. They only get one watering per month. If the temperature is really scorching, the rate is increased to a watering every 2 weeks. They are fertilized only once a year. They get no protection against the sun (but a very good ventilation). No heating during the winter. The proximity of the sea limiting negative temperatures, the minimum observed in the greenhouse is -3 ° C. This temperature has never caused any damage to the plants. And I thought I was too hard to my plants ! ! !
Despite these hard conditions, the plants are quite beautiful and healthy. Here are some photos to prove my statements !