[IBSMEMBERS] Namibian Bulbs

J.E. Shields jshields@indy.net
Mon, 05 Jan 2009 07:03:21 PST
Some great pictures of Namibian bulbs are shown at:


taken by someone named Bihrmann with whom I'm not acquainted.  I was able 
to ID one set, of Nerine laticoma in flower ("Pink sp. 1").

Now if someone could just tell me how to get my own bulbs of Nerine 
laticoma to bloom like those in the pictures from Namibia.....!

My laticoma grow in pots and spend the summers in full sun on our patio or 
deck.  They are fed only very cautiously, with 0-25-40 (no nitrogen).  My 
pots of laticoma are wintered over (dormant period) under the bench in my 
South African greenhouse, where winter temperatures on very cold nights dip 
down between 32°F and 40°F (about 0°C to +4°C). These temperatures trigger 
bloom in my Nerine krigei and in the one bulb of Nerine "forbesii" which I 
assume is from Swaziland. Or maybe it isn't winter chill that triggers 
flowering in laticoma?

Anyone have luck getting laticoma to bloom?

Jim Shields
in central Indiana (USA)

Jim Shields             USDA Zone 5             Shields Gardens, Ltd.
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