What promotes blooming?

J.E. Shields jshields@indy.net
Fri, 12 Oct 2007 08:11:08 PDT
Hi F.C.,

Thanks for the references.  I think my summer temperatures may be too high 
here:  30 - 35°C in summer rather than the recommended 17 - 25°C.  My late 
winter storage, in a greenhouse at 10 - 20°C, may also be too warm for the 
N. bowdenii.

I have a miniature Nerine that flowers like a trooper!  It is one of my 
most reliable bloomers in cultivation.  I received it as Nerine gibsonii, 
but Graham Duncan said it wasn't gibsonii.  It is only 5 - 6 inches tall, 
but blooms faithfully every summer, and is just now finishing up for this 
season.  Flowers look like miniature bowdenii blooms, 25 - 30 mm across, 
compared to bowdenii with flowers 50 - 60 mm across.  There are 4 or 5 
florets per umbel.  Leaves (2 or 3 per bulb, I think) of the miniature are 
thread-like, making it (I suppose) some sort of near relative of filifolia, 
filamentosa, and some of the others, but it flowers later than filifolia 
and filamentosa.  It is self-fertile and seems to come true from seed. 
Peduncle and pedicels are sparsely covered with very short hairs.

Anybody want to guess what my "NOT gibsonii" might be?

Best wishes,
Jim Shields
in central Indiana, USA, where all the pots are now in the greenhouses.

At 08:17 PM 10/12/2007 +0800, you wrote:
>Maybe these links help.
>Fierycloud, Taiwan. USDA Z11+ AHS Z12+.

Jim Shields             USDA Zone 5             Shields Gardens, Ltd.
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