Cryptostephanus blooming now?

Harold Koopowitz
Sat, 05 Sep 2009 06:45:30 PDT
Hi Lee:

Crypt haemanthoides has a regular season, usually flowering from July 
though to the end of September. Mine is currently in flower.

At 08:10 PM 9/4/2009, you wrote:
>Unlike Clivia miniata, which in my area flower the vast majority of the
>time on a strict annual schedule where you start seeing the scape appear
>down in the bottom of the leaves usually in February (late winter/early
>spring) and flowering for about a month starting in March or so, my
>Cryptostephanus vansonii don't seem to have any schedule that I can
>ascertain. Flowers seem to appear at random times throughout the year.
>Now I've only had a well-growing C. haemanthoides for 2 growing seasons
>so far, but this year it appears to be growing like gangbusters. I don't
>know if this has anything to do with the unusually mild summer we had
>until it suddenly became unbearably hot with very little cooling at
>night (and very smoky with ash every day for the more than a week now)
>I'm not sure when it flowers, if it does so at some specific season. But
>I hope this year or next it will flower for me.
>--Lee Poulsen
>Pasadena, California, USA, USDA Zone 10a
>James Waddick wrote:
> > Dear Friends,
> >       I was surprised to see a tiny pale flower in a shady area and
> > traced it back to a plant of Cryptostephanus vansonii. This is the
> > 'pink' form although in the current warm weather I doubt it will show
> > much pink color.
> >
> >       This hasn't bloomed for me all that often and I seem to
> > recall it blooming in spring, not late summer. I checked out the wiki
> >…
> >       and see that Lee Poulsen blooms his in Oct. so maybe this
> > isn't so far off.
> >
> >       What is the usual bloom time in northern gardens? Any other reports?
> >
> >               Thanks  Jim W.
> >
> >
> >
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