Cyrtanthus mackenii

Max Withers
Wed, 02 Feb 2011 10:45:46 PST
Both Cyrtanthus elatus x montanus and its F1 seedlings have tolerated 
all kinds of neglect here. I left a pot of F1 seedlings in the shade for 
an entire summer (and mostly forgot to water it) without any (apparent) 
adverse effect. I'm a little surprised that the species -- or at least 
C. mackenii -- are similarly accommodating.

Oakland CA
>   It is indeed interesting how variable are the ways people grow their bulbs!
> I looked at the Wild Ginger website and saw the instructions about how to
> grow C. mackenii : " Grow in partial sun in moist, well-drained soil. Keep
> drier in winter and protect from cold. " I grow this plant in shallow, very
> fast draining soil. In summer, it gets direct sun almost all day and in
> winter it is partially shaded. And this is southern California, not Oregon!
> Finally, this is the season it demands extra water here! Flowers were
> drooping after our long dry spell.
> I have treated this plant as a very drought tolerant one and it does not
> seem to complain. So, it appears to be one tolerant of a rather wide range
> of conditions.
> Andrew
> San Diego

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