A few Nerines

michelle pierce unjardinenfrance@gmail.com
Fri, 05 Nov 2010 13:51:14 PDT
Hi Dave Poole
I'd really like to know how to grow nerines adequately. I joined the nerine
soc but the newsletter is too far above me. all I want to do is understand
what will make my nerines reliably happy. I live in sw france so we have hot
summers and cold winters and they are in pots. Also, do you have any advice
about how to aquire a few bulbs of different cultivers

2010/11/5 Dave Poole <daverpoole@hotmail.com>

> I only have a very few Nerines, but those that are here have put on a good
> display again this autumn.  The first to flower is always a fine red
> sarniensis, which I 've grown outside for the past 4 or 5 years.  It is in a
> pot and largely ignored for much of the time.  I don't worry about the bulbs
> getting wet in summer although they often get a good baking since I have the
> pot in an exposed position.  Even last winter's unusually cold spell failed
> to damage the bulbs or leaves and the clump managed 8 spikes this year, the
> first opening in late September with the last still open.
> A clump of ordinary bowdenii started flowering during October and are still
> holding their own.  This is by far the commonest species grown here in the
> UK and it is not unusual to see long borders filled with them, forming a
> mass of many hundreds of flower heads at this time of year.  I'm never quite
> sure about the colour, but can't deny they add to the autumn scene.  There's
> a bruiser of a bowdenii hybrid that I had and now want to plant in this
> garden.  It is 'Zeal Giant', which is like bowdenii on steroids and an
> absolute show-stopper whenever it flowers.  Happily, it seems quite hardy
> given gravelly soil and planty of sun.
> Currently, N. flexuosa 'alba' is looking very flashy with its pert, tightly
> clustered, crystalline white flowers on 30-40 cms stems.  I started off with
> a single small bulb a few years ago and it is developing into a good clump.
>  It gets much the same treatment as sarniensis and seems to thrive on
> neglect.  This Nerine appears to be remarkably hardy here and even though
> the bulbs are almost completely exposed, no damage was incurred during a
> week of sub-zero temperatures, which nearly froze the pots.
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