crinum bulbs
Tue, 30 Jan 2007 09:26:59 PST
On 29 Jan 07, at 19:43, Norman Rose wrote:

> local nursery had some crinum
> powellii & nerine bowdenii... If I am going to be
> putting these in containers should I wait until
> spring? (will they rot or dry out) or plant now. I
> live in San Jose Calif. zone 9. If I plant now should
> I take the containers out during the day and bring
> them in at night, or leave  inside until they sprout.
> Here in San Jose days are from mid 50's- low 60's
> Nights are 38-45.

They're quite hardy. I'd say plant them out now.

Be careful where you plant the crinum, however: once established, 
they are extremely difficult to lift, so be sure that the site you 
choose is where you will want them permanently.

If you must put them in containers pro tem, you need only protect 
them from excessive rainfall and (unlikely in San Jose) hard freezes.

Rodger Whitlock
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Maritime Zone 8, a cool Mediterranean climate

on beautiful Vancouver Island

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