Advice on Pancratium maritimum

Lauw de Jager
Sat, 19 Nov 2005 09:02:40 PST
Dear Julie,
 Needs to be planted very deep 20cm(5") soil above the bulbs. This will keep
the bulb cool and the fleshy roots stay intact. High temperature definite
abort the flowers and that why it  is not easy to grow in pots.  I got a
large clump in a dry terassed rockery.    Most of the years the leaves stray
throughout the summer and flower  in July august. This year the rockery
become extremly dry and the leaves die off.  But to my surprise in, the
middle of August  appeared   15-20 flowerstalks which made brillant show.
This winter I will  put these pictures in our website. (Just today I
harvested the seeds which will be sown  immediately and wilmlm germintated
towards the end of the winter.)
 The lesson is  deep planting in the open sunny ground a  absolutely dry
during July August.
I hope this is of any help, because only for their scent it is already
worth the effort. 

le 19/11/05 12:43, julia feise à a écrit :
> I have a large bulb of Pancratium maritimum which we found lying on the
> surface of the sands last year at the beach at Xerocambos in Southern Crete.
> I brought it home with me to draw and paint in all its growth stages, so I
> potted it up on the surface of local sand from the beach.  It didn't do
> well, so I removed it to draw and then left it in my studio.  This Autumn I
> noticed that it was producing a shoot, so I have now repotted it in a deep,
> narrow terracotta pot once again in sand from the beach where the plants
> grow.  This time I planted it fairly deeply - up to the neck of the bulb.
> The new shoot has died off and it isn't producing any new growth.  Someone
> please help!!!! I really want this bulb to do well.  I keep the pot on our
> roof terrace which faces this the problem?

Lauw de Jager
South of France (zone 8 Olivier)

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