Pancratium maritimum

Fri, 26 Mar 2010 00:36:18 PDT
Dear  PBS members,
I am sorry to come back to a subject  of 3 weeks ago, but we are just back  
from travelling.
I would rather say that Pancratium maritimum is tolerant to  sea spray. Also 
the maritme influence  permits the plant to keep its leaves during cold 
winter periods.  We grow sucessflly important quantities of this species  
about 50 km from the mediterranean sea.
 A few  observations:  deep planting (15-20cm -6-8") allows the  roots to be 
moist during the  dry summers  and the plant  may remain evergreen during 
the summer. The main reason that P maritimum is found  on the seashore is 
that the seeds floats very well  and are therefore  spread all along the 
beaches. It thrives well there as very often the wind blows sand  on top of 
the bulbs to a great depth.
But we have a  good clump of the species in a bone dry rockery for at least 
10 years.  Consistently  this clump looses its leaves and flowers abundantly 
the end of August.  (See the picture in…)
Kind greetings
Lauw de Jager (South of France)

-----Original Message-----
As the name says maritimum
 it grows les as 200 meter from the seashore in dune-sand
about 25 / 35 cm deep and therefore a few times a year a spray with seawater 
otherwise they don'tflower drainage is very important bulbs are not hardy at 

> Last fall I planted five bulbs of Pancratium maritimum from a commercial
> source in one of my cold frames. These bulbs were not exactly planted in
> the
> usual sense. I simply put the bulbs on the surface of the cold frame soil
> with the bases of the bulbs slightly buried. Most of the bulb is exposed.
> The bulbs rooted quickly but have otherwise shown no sign of life (i.e. no
> foliage). I'll report on their progress or lack of progress later this
> year.

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