siting giant Crocosmias

Alberto Castillo
Mon, 14 Nov 2005 06:53:51 PST

>From: Diane Whitehead <>
>Reply-To: Pacific Bulb Society <>
>To: Pacific Bulb Society <>
>Subject: [pbs] siting giant Crocosmias
>Date: Sun, 13 Nov 2005 22:07:16 -0800
>I have a collection of crocosmia hybrids which have leaves that are
>about knee-high and stand up nicely.
>I also have C. masonorum and Lucifer, both of which cause problems.
>The leaves are as tall as I am, and if they were growing in good soil
>instead of my sand, they would probably be even taller.  They are
>also wide, bright green with prominent ribs.  Very handsome, but a
>real problem, as they don't stand up at all.  They lie over the
>ground, covering pathways and suffocating whatever is beneath,like my
>orange-leaved heuchera, which I uncovered today, leafless.
>It seems a shame to compost such healthy plants.
>Any suggestions for making them stand up?  More sun?  Corsets?
>Diane Whitehead  Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
>maritime zone 8
>cool mediterranean climate (dry summer, rainy winter - 68 cm annually)
>sandy soil

Dear Diane:
                Over here Crocosmias of a number of clean hybrids are grown 
in full sun. Sunlight would be equivalent to that of S. California or Cape 
Town, to give you an idea, and Crocosmias never bend or lean. They alwasy 
stand erect like Watsonias, Chasmanthes or Wachendorfias. Therefore I 
suppose it has to do with the intensity of the sun light. Soil is extremely 
rich, black loam with clay, and alkaline.


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