Scadoxus multiflorus ssp. katherinae

Fred Thorne
Thu, 31 Jul 2008 11:19:56 PDT
Hi Doug,

At which stage is the best time to harvest the seed?


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On Behalf Of Douglas Westfall
Sent: Thursday, July 31, 2008 7:40 AM
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Subject: Re: [pbs] Scadoxus multiflorus ssp. katherinae

"Jim wrote:  "I've often wondered what differences there are between S.
multiflorus  multiflorus and S. multiflorus katherinae"

> From what I've read, it sounds like one is evergreen and one is  
> deciduous."

Doug, what say you?

Basically, that is true. 75 to 80% of S. m. k hold their leaves and  
pseudostem through the year until the "new" is ready to appear.  At  
that time, the old "dies" away and the "new" starts up. Shortly  
thereafter, the "flower spike" appears. The "bulb" of this one is  
somewhere between a bulb and a risome.

Scadoxus multiflorus forms more of a bulb, and it "buries" itself in  
the planting medium. DO NOT "OVER WATER" this bulb as it will rot if  

There is also "miniature"/"dwarf" form of S. multiflorus. It is also  
more of a bulb, buries itself, and goes completely "dormant".

I hope this "non-scientific" answer helps to distinguish between the  

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