More Nerine coming

Paul Tyerman
Tue, 05 Aug 2003 16:28:07 PDT

>N. krigei needs a winter cold period in order to bloom the following 
>season.  Try storing them in the fridge for a month or so in mid-winter.
>I had thought that some of them might need hot summer temperatures to bring 
>on bloom, but now I'm not so sure about that.  We are seeing more bloom 
>this summer than usual in the Nerine, and it has been very mild overall, 
>only a couple of days reached 90 F (32 C).  We have also had plenty of rain 
>here, which may be encouraging the summer growers.

We get down to -8'C at least in winter (most years) and up to maybe 40'C in
summer, so the hot and cold shouldn't be a problem <grin>, unless it
doesn't like that cold?  It may also be jsut plain maturity so I am hoping
we might get some flowers this year as I repotted last season.

>I have one N. gracilis in flower, and several pots of N. rehmannii starting 
>to bloom.  I should get a picture of at least the rehmannii to post to the 
>Bulbs_Images list.

I am not on the Bulbs-Images so could you either send it to me privately or
else put it on your webpage?  Thanks in advance.

>In my climate, hybrids of N. sarniensis are difficult, even in pots.  I am 
>not sure how one should get them through a Midwestern summer in condition 
>to bloom in the Fall.  Mine rarely do bloom, and a couple die each year.

I don't know exactly what the hybrids I grow are based on.  I have maybe 20
dfferent named varieties in colours ranging from whites through to dark
reds and pinks.  A couple even have a blue-mauve line on the outer tips of
the petal which has me wondering whether they have Lycoris crossed into
them or not as I cannot think of a Nerine species that includes blue?  I
sort of thought that Lycoris and Nerine were not THAT compatible though?  I
imagine Jim Waddick would know for sure though if he happens to be reading
this?  Otherwise, where does blue occur in Nerines?

I am not familiar with 'Pink Triumph' so can't comment on its growing
conditions <grin>.  My hybrids have such names as  'Afterglow',  'Ancilla',
 'Bagdad',  'Coconut Ice',  'Cuckfield', 'Jill', 'Kenilworth', 'Killi',
'Knight Templar', 'Lady E. Keane', 'Lucinda', 'Old Rose' and 'Optomist' and
I know that some of these are Austrlaian hybridised and others are UK
hybridised at least.  Not sure where they all came from though.


Paul Tyerman
Canberra, Australia.  USDA equivalent - Zone 8/9

Growing.... Galanthus, Erythroniums, Fritillarias, Cyclamen, Crocus,
Cyrtanthus, Oxalis, Liliums, Hellebores, Aroids, Irises plus just about
anything else that doesn't move!!!!!

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