Haemanthus transplants, was Blooms in Autumn

Mary Sue Ittner msittner@mcn.org
Thu, 03 Nov 2005 21:19:28 PST
Hi All,

I always enjoy the reports that Jim Shields makes to the group about what 
is in bloom as he grows so many things. He wrote:

>Most Haemanthus bulbs have a tough time adjusting when uprooted and

This has not been my experience.

Most of the time I prefer to grow bulbs from seed and I do have some 
Haemanthus coming along from seed from Doug Westfall and Rhoda and Cameron 
McMaster. In fact I am having my first Haemanthus bloom this year from seed 
grown plants from Rhoda and Cameron. Yea! I also purchased Haemanthus bulbs 
from Rhoda and Cameron and some from Gordon Summerfield, both from South 
Africa so from a different hemisphere. I have had uniformly great result 
from almost everything I got from Rhoda and Cameron. All of the Haemanthus 
have shown no setbacks. In fact some I purchased this spring have put out 
their second set of really healthy looking leaves and I'm not at all sure 
whether I should try to keep them going. When Cameron did his topic of the 
week on Haemanthus he said the southern rainfall species were more tolerant 
of moisture during dormancy than the winter rainfall species so I guess 
I'll give them water every now and then this winter. They look so good I 
hate to stop watering. The Haemanthus humilis 'Giant' is living up to its 
name and growing rapidly! This is especially meaningful to me since Cameron 
and Rhoda took my husband and me to the place where they found it to look 
for birds when we visited them in the Eastern Cape so I have a mental image 
of Cameron swimming across the river in search of seed on the high cliff on 
the other side and swimming back with his precious cargo.
if you want to see Cameron's pictures of it.

The Haemanthus I got from Gordon were winter growing species and they have 
all sprouted so seem to have turned around and are now growing when they 
should be. Some of the other Amaryllids I got from him are showing no signs 
of life so I have no idea if they will make it. The Brunsvigias are doing 
the best after the Haemanthus and I see small signs of life in two of the 
Gethyllis pots. Strumaria and Hessea plants may not have made it.

I have an extremely different climate that Jim Shields which may explain my 
different experience.

Mary Sue

Mary Sue Ittner
California's North Coast
Wet mild winters with occasional frost
Dry mild summers 

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