Crinum in containers (was C. bulbispermum....)

Brian Whyer
Fri, 09 Aug 2013 01:01:18 PDT
I have had Crinum, x powelli presumably, clumps in largish pots for many years. 10" round or 12" square, normal depth, and they bloom every year with minimal feeding. The central bulb(s) which are more exposed always seem to bloom first, the side offsets which are large enough, bloom a couple of weeks later. Mine are stored in a frost free greenhouse over winter, but will survive in gardens with minimal protection from a wall etc. Mine are inevitably less vigorous than those in a local garden and less impressive when out of flower, which is most of the year of course. I have 2 - 4 flower stems in each pot normally. The first stem is just going over now.
Brian Whyer, Buckinghamshire, England, zone ~8

>Aad asked about what size container to use for Crinum bulbispermum in a garden that is
>entirely paved.
>I have planted Crinum in containers up to 24" / 61cm diameter and tall. I have never had
>one in a container bloom.
>They don't even grow very big in such a container whereas they grow like weeds in the
>ground. What are other people's experiences?

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