Pacific BX 239

J.E. Shields
Sat, 29 May 2010 08:24:59 PDT
Haemanthus montanus is a white-flowered, summer-growing species.  It is one 
of the more cold-hardy species of Haemanthus.  It is found in  the 
provinces of Mpumalanga, Free State, KwaZulu-Natal, and Eastern Cape in 
South Africa.  They are in bloom right now on our deck.

Haemanthus humilis humilis is from the Eastern Cape Province of South 
Africa.  It has pink flowers and smooth leaves.  Summer-growing.

Haemanthus humilis hirsutus is from the Drakensberg of Mpumalanga, 
KwaZulu-Natal, Swaziland, and Lesotho.  It is summer-growing and has white 
flowers.  Its leaves are hairy (hence the name "hirsutus").  It is another 
relatively cold-hardy species of Haemanthus.

I grow all of the above species in a gritty mix, leaving them bone-dry in 
the cool greenhouse in winter.  Now they are outdoors in full sun, getting 
watered whenever the soil seems dry.  I feed often with water-soluble 
20-10-20 (Jack's Professional Peatlite with Micronutrients).

Jim Shields
in warm and sunny Westfield, Indiana

Jim Shields             USDA Zone 5             Shields Gardens, Ltd.
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