Hardy Crinum - Planting depth

David Fenwick crocosmia@blueyonder.co.uk
Wed, 30 Jun 2004 00:25:31 PDT
>>>>So, given that my x powellii has pushed itself upwards not downward,
maybe they prefer to be at ground level here?  I'm just wondering now
whether I
have done the right thing planting my other Crinums as I have?

Hi Paul,
Let them do their thing, don't plant deep if you don't need to, they'll find
their own depth. I've seen Crinum moorei in the UK stack up like a huge pile
of canon balls (pic on the wikki), and they flower just as well.

Incidentally the opposite happens here with Amaryllis as I plant all my
Amaryllis  / xAmarygia here 6 inches deep, and always they come back to the
surface and frost doesn't do any damage to them at all; and they're in the
same soil that allows Crinums to pull themselves down.

Best Wishes,

The African Garden
NCCPG National Plant Reference Collections of
Crocosmia with Chasmanthe, Tulbaghia and Amaryllis
96 Wasdale Gardens,
Estover, Plymouth, Devon. England.
Tel:  44 (0)1752 301402

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