cyrtanthus spiralis

Dr Paul Chapman
Thu, 14 Aug 2003 14:05:32 PDT

You have kept it alive for 2 years in Northern Ireland.  You must have
everything perfectly under control!

As you may guess from my email address, Cyrtanthus is one of my main bulb
interests.  I have grown about 30 different species, yet every attempt with
C. spiralis has ended in dismal failure, with the bulb rotting in less than
12 months, no matter how little water I gave it.  Don't expect too much, and
my suggestion is to carry on just the way you are.

Today the first of my autumn/fall flowering Cyrtanthus hybrids opened its
flowers - very similar to C. montanus.


Dr Paul Chapman, Wallington, Surrey, UK
South London commuter belt suburbia - zone 9a - but where today has been the
first day for 2 weeks that the temperature has not reached 30oC/86oF,
although still very sunny

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Mark Smyth" <>
Subject: [pbs] cyrtanthus spiralis

I have a bulb of Cyrtanthus spiralis which I traded for 2 years ago. When I
got it it was a small bulb and it grew well. Last year it grew well again
and is now the size of half a film cannister. This year all it has done is
produce bulbs around it's side as well as growing a single leaf on the
parent bulb. It's in a plastic pot filled with 50/50 top soil and grit and
gets full sun all day from 10am until 7pm. Am I doing something wrong?

N Ireland
zone 8

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