What promotes blooming?

J.E. Shields jshields@indy.net
Wed, 10 Oct 2007 11:50:29 PDT
Hi Robert,

While adequate moisture is certainly a key factor in getting Crinum to 
bloom, I think that, in the garden, two other factors are also very 
important:  1)  size; and 2) settling in.

Many kinds of bulbs just won't bloom until they have reached some critical 
mass, sufficient to support production of a scape.  Bulbs we get from 
others, bulbs we grow from seed, all are likely to take some time to reach 
that critical mass.

Even if you receive a huge bulb (for the particular species), it may sulk 
for a season or two, until it  gets re-established in its new 
home.  Crinums take quite a bit of time to rebuild their root structures, 
after having been dug, cleaned, and shipped.

Robert, where are you located?  It seems to me like it was Texas, but my 
recall seems to have been recalled in the last few years!

Best wishes,
Jim Shields
in cool central Indiana (USA)

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