Eucomis hybrids?

Terry Hernstrom
Sat, 16 Dec 2006 09:49:55 PST
Dear all,

I have a few Eucomis humilis blooming now. Outdoors.  Beautiful plants! This
got me to wonder if anybody is doing a hybrid program with Eucomis. For
years I have been frustrated with the larger comosa, pole-evansii types.
They grow wonderfully for me and very hardy but the flower spikes always
seem to 'dance' around and finally fall over.
Staking is an option of course but it seems a hybrid or cultivar with a
rigid spike would be a boon to this genus. I tried to google this subject,
nothing satisfactory came up.
Any thoughts, opinions, or suggestions on this subject?

Terry Hernstrom
Director, Gardens & Grounds
Kimberly Crest House & Gardens
Redlands CA
(where we have had a nasty frost recently, much superficial damage. Nerines
taking it like a champ still in glorious bloom. No sign of any unusual out
of season bloom. Of course I've only been here 10 years. My experience is a
drop in the bucket in the whole scheme of things.)

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