Eucomis vandermerwei

Tony Avent
Wed, 10 Nov 2004 04:37:06 PST

	We have a small plant of Eucomis vandermerwei that didn't like our summer
either, but we have hope that it will perform better when it grows larger.
We saw large production rows of this in Holland this summer, so it should
be imported on a limited basis in a couple of years.  You can see a photo
on our expedition log at and
scroll down to Monday August 9. 

At 05:53 PM 11/9/2004 EST, you wrote:
>An email garden friend sent me seeds of Eucomis vendermeiwei last winter.  I 
>started them indoors under fluorescent lights, with the aloes and
>days and bright light.
>In spring I moved them outdoors and they started growing rapidly.  But, by 
>July they were not doing too well--I think the 30 days of rain in June was
>agreeable and the hot summer temperatures didn't seem to help them.
>So, I kept them a bit dry (hard to do here in summer) and now they have 
>started growing again with the cooler days of Fall.  October was quite
hot, but 
>nights were often 70 F rather than 80 F, and it was dry.  
>I guess this purported summer grower has 2 seasons here in the greater 
>Houston area--spring and fall.  I'll keep them out till they obviously
>about the cold and then will dry them down and put them away till next
>Who knows, perhaps they won't mind our mild winters--last year the low was
25 F 
>a few nights, maybe they will grow all winter.  
>They sure are attractive, even the little seedlings, with the purple-spotted 
>Conroe Joe
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Tony Avent
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