Hardy Nerine bowdenii

J.E. Shields jshields@indy.net
Sat, 07 May 2011 06:57:11 PDT

Good luck with the bowdenii!  I've mentioned before that I played with 
bowdenii in the garden several years back.  Partial, limited, success.

I got 40 bulbs of a clone that survives the winter outdoors in the ground 
in Aad Koen's nursery in the Netherlands.  His other clones of bowdenii did 
not survive outdoors over winter in his nursery.   I lined them out here in 
the open field, and mulched them pretty well -- several inches of dead 
leaves and wood chips, as far as I can recall.  We did not have much snow 
cover, but it was a wet winter.  (This recitation is off the top of my 
head; I didn't try to find my old notes on the trial.)

In the spring I found only a half-dozen bulbs still alive.  I put those 
into pots and have kept them in a greenhouse over winter since then.  These 
are the ones I call "Koen's Hardy" and they are much more reliable bloomers 
than most other strains of bowdenii I have tried.  They are just not 
reliably hardy here, unfortunately -- 15% survival is not very good.

Jim Shields
in central Indiana

At 07:43 AM 5/7/2011 -0400, you wrote:
>OK, they're common as dirt, but I didn't believe they'd overwinter in the
>ground here.  However, they're leafing out vigorously now, after our typical
>winter with 3 months of snow cover (December-March) followed by an atypical
>April with roughly twice as much rain as usual. ........

Jim Shields             USDA Zone 5
P.O. Box 92              WWW:    http://www.shieldsgardens.com/
Westfield, Indiana 46074, USA
Tel. ++1-317-867-3344

More information about the pbs mailing list