I am astonished by Rodger Whitlock's assertion that Nerine bowdenii is a winter-growing plant. This is entirely contradictory to experience here in the UK, or in its wild habitat, where in both cases it is emphatically summer-growing. It is this fact that makes it a (very) hardy plant in this country, being dormant in winter and thus able to tolerate both the damp and cold. Here it comes into growth as the spring warms up, is in full leaf all summer (slightly dependent on soil moisture) and is just coming into flower, with some active leaf remnants. Contrary to the popular myth ('plant under a warm wall'), it has been demonstrated that it does not like summer heat, and does best in sunny well-drained conditions in the open border. So what it does in Victoria is a mystery to me, but in my experience the advice given would be an excellent way not to grow it. In Maine I think one would need to grow it in a pot as a summer active plant, keeping it cool, dry and dormant in winter. Freezing in a pot would be promptly fatal - which reminds me to get my recently moved pot-fulls into the ground! John Grimshaw Visit John Grimshaw's Garden Diary http://johngrimshawsgardendiary.blogspot.com/ Dr John M. Grimshaw 1 Kirkhill Farm Settrington Malton North Yorkshire YO17 8NT Tel. 01944 768494 From Rodger Whitlock: Nerine bowdenii is a common plant in gardens here in Victoria, BC. The climate seems to agree with it, so presumably the more closely you can emulate Victoria's climate, the greater the likelihood of success. Note that it is a winter-growing plant. Try this: 1. During summer dormancy, bone dry, no water at all, warmish soil, but don't bake the pot in full sun like a Central Asian tulip. Put it in a shaded place. 2. Start watering in early September. As the foliage (and, hopefully, flowers) develop, give more water. This is also a good time to feed the plant. A dilute liquid fertilizer rather low in nitrogen would do the trick, applied every two weeks, say.