Intro and questions

Karl Church
Sat, 01 Jun 2013 16:01:01 PDT
Welcome Nicholas, I'm fairly new to PBS & have gotten great advise from
several members. You'll find this group of people very helpful &
encouraging. Also the wiki is first rare & the BX offerings outstanding.
Karl Church
Dinuba, CA
zone 9a
On Jun 1, 2013 6:45 AM, "Nicholas plummer" <> wrote:

> Hi all,
> I recently joined the society, and this is my first post to the list.  I
> grow a mixed collection of tropicals, primarily orchids and succulents, in
> my greenhouse in North Carolina.  For many years, I have had Haemanthus
> albiflos and Cyrtanthus sanguineus lurking among my orchids, but I didn't
> give much thought to bulbs.  Then, I discovered the wonderful PBS wiki and
> bulb maven blog. Needless to say, I have now started a small collection of
> African and South American bulbs with some plants from Telos and Steven
> Hammer and some seed from Silverhill.  Since I grow in a greenhouse, heat
> tolerance is more important to me than cold hardiness.   I'm interested in
> summer growers that can take a North Carolina summer or winter growers that
> are happy with temperatures that don't go much below 60 F (thermostat is
> set for lowland tropical orchids).
> I love the look of amaryllids with tubular flowers and am trying out a
> Phaedranassa tunguraguae and seedling Cyrtanthus herrei from Telos.  So,
> two specific questions:
> 1.  Can anyone comment on heat tolerance of Clinanthus species?  I see that
> Clinanthus variegatus 'Apricot' can be grown in Hawaii, so that goes on my
> wishlist, but how about the various color forms of Clinanthus incarnatus,
> particularly the red-flowered form?  (I'm using the labels on the PBS
> wiki.  Other websites seem to reverse the species epithets.)
> 2.  Is Cyrtanthus obliquus available in the U.S.?  I'm hesitant to order
> seed from South Africa, because of the difficulty of storing amaryllid seed
> until the appropriate growing season in the northern hemisphere.
> Regards,
> Nick Plummer
> Durham, NC, Zone 7
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