Tropical bulbs

Narad (Richard Eggenberger)
Sat, 17 May 2008 12:19:38 PDT
Dear Lee,

Thank you for all the suggestions for sources.  I will be contacting  
many of them as time permits.  We do grow gingers, Curcuma,  
Hymenocallis and a few Heliconia and Gloriosa superba grows wild in  
moist areas of South India.

Best regards and many thanks.

Richard (Narad)

On 16, May 2008, at 8:29 PM, Lee Poulsen wrote:

> Narad (Richard Eggenberger) wrote:
>> I would be most grateful
>> if I could receive bulbs of other species and hybrids that I can  
>> carry
>> to India when I return each year from late October to first March
>> during the best planting season.  We would like to begin a  
>> hybridizing
>> program for the species for which I am especially fond as its
>> spiritual significance in the language of the flowers is "Prayer'.   
>> If
>> there are other bulbs that can adapt to this climate, 11 degrees  
>> north
>> of the equator, hot and humid, I would be most appreciative of your
>> suggestions. We do grow Crinum (only one or two varieties), Eurycles,
>> Eucharis, Polianthes, and one or two species of Amaryllis that can
>> withstand the intense heat of summer.
> Have you looked at the amazing Zephyranthes hybrids Fadjar Marta of
> Jakarta Indonesia has produced? I think the climate there is similar  
> to
> yours. Plant Delights Nursery <>  
> carries a
> number of them such as Bali Beauty, Batik, Copper Mine, Fantasy  
> Island,
> Jakarta Jewel, Krakatau, Lydia Luckman, Moulin Rouge, Paul Niemi,  
> South
> Pacific. There is also a website where many of his hybrids are  
> pictured:
> <…>. Yucca Do  
> Nursery
> <> also often carried a good selection of the
> species. I think many of the things both of these nurseries (esp.
> everything Yucca Do sells) carry would do just fine in your climate as
> well. Buried Treasures Nursery in Florida
> <> carries all kinds of tropical bulbs.
> There are some other nurseries as well that I can't think of right  
> now.
> There are a number of Hippeastrum from Brazil that might do well in  
> you
> climate. Check out Mauro Peixoto's website (he sells seeds of many of
> the species on his website) <>. Also Greg
> Pettit who has a nursery on the warm humid east coast of South Africa
> might have a lot of suggestions too.
> Other genera to look for might include:
> Griffinia
> Hymenocallis
> Trimezia
> Neomarica
> Eucrosia
> Many of the Ginger genera (Zingiber, Alpinia, Burbidgea, Cautleya,
> Costus, Etlingera, Hedychium, Kaempferia)
> Canna
> Globba
> Curcuma
> Heliconia
> a few Lilium
> Gloriosa
> --Lee Poulsen
> Pasadena, California, USDA Zone 10a
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