Crinum bulbispermum display

James Waddick
Thu, 10 May 2012 06:14:02 PDT
Dear PBS ers,
	I have to brag a bit about my current abundance of Crinum 
bulbispermum. This is a species I have now grown for well over a 
decade originally form seed of 'Jumbo', from Marcelle Shepard. I now 
have some older plants which I find are pupping and creating very 
large clumps. I had understood the C. bulbispermumm was slow , 
reluctant or just did not pup.

	Although this was the case for a number of years, slowly 
older plants have built up into substantial clumps. One clump 
currently has 6 stems in full bloom and it is glorious. As flowers 
open ear white and age to near red, a full palette of shades is 
present right now with many more to open.

	I planted a half dozen young seedlings a year or two ago and 
these are aalmst all producing one of two flowering stalks each on 
first bloom this year.

	I can understnad why commercial growers would 'push' C. x 
powellii for an introductory Crinum in cold climates. It pups like 
crazy, quite hardy through Zone 5 and reliable bloom. C. bulbispermum 
has MUCH nicer , more open flowers and with time pups, too. Both can 
be grown with deep initial planting and minimal to no winter mulching.

	Last year I dug out one of my older clumps of C. x powelli 
and continue to reduce the plants of this species in the garden . 
Although always easy to give away I feel sort of bad knowing it is 
not as good an example of a hardy Crinum as I should be pushing.

	If anyone in Zone 5 has wondered about growing a truly hardy 
Crinum, I cannot emphasize C. bulbispermum too much. Seeds are almost 
always donated to the Seed Ex. Germination and growth are easy and 
fast, but seedlings need winter protection the first winter or two; 
then planted deep in their permanent location they will reward the 
gardener with years of increased bloom and growth.

	More to bloom - wonderful. 		Jim W.
Dr. James W. Waddick
8871 NW Brostrom Rd.
Kansas City Missouri 64152-2711
Ph.    816-746-1949
Zone 5 Record low -23F
	Summer 100F +

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