Nerine not blooming was Overwintering Nerine bowdenii

Karl Church
Sun, 24 Mar 2013 11:09:44 PDT
Mary Sue, your Zoe hybrids are gorgeous.
Karl Church
Zone 9a
On Mar 24, 2013 10:57 AM, "Mary Sue Ittner" <> wrote:

> For years I was unable to get Nerine bowdenii to bloom even though I
> had offsets from a friend of mine who lives locally who  bloomed hers
> successfully in the ground. In my dry summer garden I found they had
> not survived in the ground so I had planted them in pots. I decided
> it was time to give them to the BX but when I unpotted them I was
> surprised how big and healthy they looked. So remembering I had some
> Cyrtanthus hybrids that never bloomed until I potted up in a much
> bigger and deeper pot in which they bloomed well each year, I decided
> to rescue a few and try again with a bigger pot and send the rest on
> to the BX. Since then they have been blooming well.  So I potted up
> another pot of this species that was not blooming I had grown from
> seed and it is now blooming well also. When the bulbs I grew from
> seed started blooming however, I discovered they were all hybrids.
> Both pots bloom at different times which extends the blooming time.
> Other species of Nerine I grow in smaller pots bloom just fine. I
> can't say for sure that was the reason for the change since with
> bulbs they seem to have a mind of their own about blooming time.
> My Nerine sarniensis cultivars rarely bloomed until I moved them to a
> greenhouse year round where they could be warmer in summer and
> sheltered from heavy rains in winter and started watering them in
> summer. Now most of them bloom.
> Sometimes it is just a matter of trying to find what works in your
> environment and experimenting a little. Even so, the year to year
> changes in our environments also make a difference. In this dry year
> I'm enjoying Moraea elegans and it hasn't bloomed for years. I wasn't
> even sure I had it anymore. And the Oxalis obtusa has been
> spectacular, dazzling even, much better than in years when we had our
> normal wet winters when it usually blooms.
> Since I grow a variety of bulbs it means that usually some of them
> are going to bloom when they others skip a year or two.
> I just added to the wiki photos of the offspring of Moraea 'Zoe' grow
> from seed I saved from that cultivar. I'm afraid I got a little
> carried away but it's been fun looking at the slight differences in
> the flowers.
> Something else having a wonderful long blooming season this year are
> all those "homoglads" I've gronw from seed (Gladiolus hybrids
> probably with G. tristis and G. huttonnii in their heritage.)
> Mary Sue
> Mary Sue Ittner
> California's North Coast
> Wet mild winters with occasional frost
> Dry mild summers
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