growing Scadoxus katherinae in the garden

Alani Davis
Fri, 10 Feb 2012 12:26:00 PST
Hello Ina

 I grow it in Zone 8 in northern Florida with no extra attention for
cold protection. Though it does get mulched with oak leaf mulch it is
not necessarily before the cold season or that thick. I tend to mulch
all my beds at least every other year. Temperatures when it freezes
here are rarely lower than 16-17 degrees F though it has gotten down
to 13-14 occasionally. Rarely do below freezing temperatures sustain
for 24 hours however, it may freeze several nights in a row and many
times a winter in a colder winter. Under these conditions this
Scadoxus sp. has done well and bloomed annual for 15 years or more for
me, no troubles. In fact they produce a fair number of offsets. I have
always been surprised at how how hardy it is as it "looks" tender
I would think in zone 8-9 it should do fine for you. I don't think my
clone is anything special.

Alani Davis
Tallahassee, Florida

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