Boophane disticha

Tue, 15 Apr 2008 19:55:14 PDT
Your posts made me run out to check my 5 summer-growing Boophane disticha.  One is just beginning to send up a flower scape, as it has the previous two years, however, later in May.  It is barely out of the bulb tip now.  The others, about the same size, have yet to bloom but seem to be producing an earlier, more vigorous flush of leaves.  All are about the size of a large orange or small grapefruit.  I was hoping I'd get at least one more bloom this year to allow me to cross pollinate.  I do, however, plan to use frozen pollen from last summer's bloom of a Winter-growing B.disticha.  I performed the reverse cross (summer-growing B.disticha pollen on August bloom of winter-growing B.disticha) last year.  This produced 120+ seeds, almost all germinated early last fall, and each quickly produced two leaves.  These remained through the winter with no apparent additional growth until now, when I noticed several producing a 3rd leaf.  I plan to continue watering to encourage
 growth through spring and summer, if possible.  
  here's a link to some shots posted on Flickr.  Hope this works:…
  San Diego

Hannon <> wrote:
  I have seen flowering plants with considerably smaller bulbs, also
seed-grown and maybe a little less than 10 years old. They are in the ground
in sun in well-drained soil. On the other hand I have a seedling of the form
from Port Elizabeth (+/- evergreen) and it has hardly put on weight in 10
years (in a small pot). I hope you get some seeds!
Dylan Hannon

On Tue, Apr 15, 2008 at 2:35 PM, Diana Chapman 

> Returning from a trip I found my two ten year old Boophane disticha bulbs
> sending up flower buds. The bulbs are about grapefruit size, and I grow
> them each individually in very large pots to accommodate their huge roots.
> What joy!! I had heard up to 18 years from seed to bloom.
> Diana
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