Hymenocallis (Ismese)

fbiasella fbiasella@watertownsavings.com
Mon, 20 Jun 2005 12:11:44 PDT
Hello Folks,

I have been growing Ismene in the open garden in Cambridge (Boston) MA for
many, many years. The bulbs I have are pretty old (about 20 years) and the
flowers look exactly like the ones on the original message. My plants
usually reach (leaves and flowering stem) 3' or 90 cm and flower in the
summer very reliably. The leaves are a light green and the remain erect
through the growing season but start to look kinda ratty towards the end of
summer and early fall.

I treat them like gladiolus or dahlia and pull them up after a good hard
frost. They stay in the coldest part of my basement in an old wooden tomato
bushel/basket with the leaves in tact. In the spring I just pull off the
dried up leaves and trim the shriveled up roots and usually pluck off the
incredible amount of offsets.

I should try to remember to offer them to the BX next year, but I think
they're so common that no one would really care for them. I usually end up
giving them to anyone who wants them or toss them out because there are so

They're in growth now but If anybody wants some next year, please let me
know privately and I'll be glad to send you some.

Warm Regards,
Fred Biasella
Cambridge (Boston) MA
USDA Zone 6B

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