Pamela Slate
Thu, 26 Aug 2010 18:19:38 PDT
Hi Marguerite,
My Ferraria crispa (I have the "regular" form and yellow form) blooms and 
multiplies well in all years and mine are planted quite deeply in pots or "in 
the ground" in my raised concrete block planters that are 25 inches tall.  I put 
the larger corms in trenches in the planters with a fair amount of kelp meal and 
dried bulb food.  The smaller ones go into pots using the same method.  All are 
exposed to summer rainfall and those in the "ground" get some summer 
irrigation.  Here the corms that I've dug and stored for the summer start 
putting on growth in August and roots appear later.  Treating the larger and 
smaller corms differently seems to make no difference.  I've also removed old 
corms as well as left them on them with no noticeable difference.  I don't baby 
any of them and here they survive minot frost with no damage.  Perhaps summer 
water would be helpful for your situation.

While many are offended by the odor of the flowers, I'm not, perhaps because 
they're in a well ventilated situation....and compared to other plants such as 
Caralluma socotrana that literally drive one from the area, these are minor.

I have yet to have a flower from F. divaricata but hopefully one of these 
years...even so, the corms are the rate of two per year.  If any 
of you list members have had this flower for you, please let me know if I should 
treat this one differently.


 Pamela Slate
P.O. Box 5316
Carefree AZ 85377 


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