Nerine bowdenii - How to overwinter?

Loring loring.manley@gmail.com
Wed, 03 Oct 2012 06:13:40 PDT
I live in northern Santa Barbara county in California, and here Nerines will happily grow outside, year after year in our silty sand soil even in sometimes water starved conditions. Here they are a reliable slightly exotic bright spot in my garden and I think worthy of consideration for any Pacific coast bulb garden.   I grow them because I remember them from my grandfather's garden when I was a child. 

I'm glad people like them enough to take special measures in less hospitable climates. ( I would have to do something like this to grow crocuses and tulips in my garden - chilling them in the refrigerator - but I have never had satisfactory results )

Loring Manley

On Oct 3, 2012, at 5:07 AM, bonsaigai37@aol.com wrote:

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> I've been growing Nerine bowdenii for about 8 years in pots, in Cleveland and now Upstate New York.  They are blooming now, will be brought into a 
> sunny window to dry down, then kept cool and dry for the winter rest.  In spring, I bring them out with the other summer growing bulbs and let them
> grow all summer.  They've successfully bloomed nearly every year.  The increase in the pots has been reasonable, not fast, but steady.
> Some years, the leave insist on growing before I get them outside.  Most of the time, they cooperate, but it took a few years to get them into the cycle of 
> drying down when I wanted them to.
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> 
> Michael
> Interlaken, NY Z6
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