separating Brunsvigia seedlings

Kipp McMichael
Wed, 08 Jun 2011 23:34:13 PDT

  In my experience, Brunsvigia gregaria is winter growing. The wiki says leaves appear for B. gregaria in the fall - the same time as for B. orientalis. B. gregaria ranges widely enough that there may well be winter- and summer-growing populations.

  When it comes to replanting time, my thinking goes like this: If you replant at the start of dormancy, then any injury the transplants may suffer might fester while the plant is in its least active state. If you wait until just before the end of dormancy - or even at the first sign of waking up - then the plant is already primed to grow and can better deal with the transplant stress. Needless to say, you cannot be too careful or gentle when transplanting seedlings whenever you choose to do so. I have received many young Amaryllids that were already in leaf and had been bare-rooted and they have survived shipment and repotting consistenly. The only time I wouldn't repot would be toward the end of the growing season. I wouldn't want to risk injuring the plant's roots (or more specifically the root attachment at the base of the bulb) while the substrate is likely to remain moist for extended periods.


> Date: Wed, 8 Jun 2011 22:44:48 -0700
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> Subject: Re: [pbs] separating Brunsvigia seedlings
> Ken,
> Congrats on such good looking seedlings. Mine are still quite small after
> two years being in a terracotta pot with a very low organic mix. You have
> two different species, B. orientalis is winter growing and B. gregaria is
> summer growing. It looks like your B. orientalis recently went dormant so
> this is a good time to repot them. You can probably water them in once after
> repotting. I still haven't decided of this is a good practice but it works
> for some people. As to your B. gregaria, keep them growing for a while
> longer until they go dormant (perhaps in the winter), then they can be
> repotted.
> Nhu
> Berkeley, CA
> Enjoying a sunny day (finally) with a fading Sprekelia formossima
> -- 
> On Wed, Jun 8, 2011 at 10:26 AM, Ken <> wrote:
> > I have a couple of community pots containing 2-year old Brunsvigia
> > seedlings.  I am wondering when the best time might be to separate and pot
> > up the individual bulblets ... would it be just prior to the normal seasonal
> > growth cycle?  Any advice from you experts out there would be greatly
> > appreciated.
> >
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