Scadoxus multiflorus culture

Jim McKenney
Mon, 21 Nov 2005 12:49:17 PST
I've got a nice pot full of Scadoxus multiflorus (the widely sold commercial
form) which I've had for years. Until this year, I've never given this pot
much attention, and it's beginning to show: they did not bloom this year.
Because they did not bloom, they got some extra TLC this summer. 

In the past, I've allowed them to dry out in the pot after the foliage has
naturally died down. Then I did not water until I wanted to bring them into
growth again - usually sometime in April or May when it would be safe to put
them outside and forget them frost-wise. 

The foliage has died down for the year. How dry should I let them become?
Past experience tells me that they will survive complete dryness without a
problem, but is this the best culture for them? 

And what about feeding? 

Jim McKenney
Montgomery County, Maryland, USA, USDA zone 7, where I think of Scadoxus
multiflorus as a flashy, flowering onion. 

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