Mary Sue Ittner msittner@mcn.org
Mon, 20 Aug 2012 22:16:00 PDT
From: <bonsaigai37@aol.com> minus the attachment

>Hurray!!!  This summer I lit a fire... TEENY-TINY fire, over my 
>Haemanthus sanguineus.  Using Dioscorea elephantipes, old Haemanthus 
>leaves and bit of orchard grass, the fire went for a few minutes a 
>day for about a week.  Voila!  After ten years of two leaves - 
>beautiful, foot 'round leaves mind you, it finally bloomed.  While 
>not entirely open, it's putting on a pretty god show.  It's planted 
>in a 16" terracotta, gravel, sand, pine bark with coir, worm casting 
>dressing each season before growth.  The leaves remain viable each 
>year from September/October through April/May.  I keep it completely 
>dry in summer, when dormant.
>Interlaken, NY

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