What promotes blooming?

Diana Chapman rarebulbs@suddenlink.net
Fri, 12 Oct 2007 08:22:31 PDT
Nerine angustifolia?  I will send you a picture privately.



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?

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