Nerines/ bowdenii for cold climates

Peter Taggart
Sat, 05 Oct 2013 10:20:18 PDT
Nerine bowdenii is hardy in the UK below minus 20 centigrade (0F), with or
without snow, when planted in the ground. It may be subject to rain at any
time of the year, freeze / thaw cycles in winter. It is not so cold hardy
in pots! it grows best in sun or light shade in gravelly soil or with some
protection from a wall or deciduous tree canopy. Lime in the soil is not a
problem. The bulbs are best left undisturbed as they flower better when
congested. I once had var. welsii which is supposed to be hardier. it died
in a cold winter, in a plunged pot. The bowdenii in the ground were quite
hardy. They do not like to be planted very deep. I am familiar with it in
areas with an annual rainfall  of around 80 inches per year and areas with
around 30 inches a year.
Peter (UK)

On Sat, Oct 5, 2013 at 4:49 PM, Nhu Nguyen <> wrote:

> Hi everyone,
> Could anyone give Betty tips on growing nerines in USDA zone 7? Since this
> is a useful topic, please reply to all so that Betty will also get the
> message.
> Thanks,
> Nhu
> On Fri, Oct 4, 2013 at 8:15 PM, Betty Montgomery <
> >wrote:
> > I live in the up country of South Carolina in zone 7. I want to try to
> > grow Nerines and I understand that bodenii are the hardiest variety....
> and
> > might grow in zone 7 with extra winter protection. 1. Are there any
> hybrids
> > that are more cold hardy? 2. Where is a good source for ordering Nerines?
> > 3. Do you have any special hints for growing these wonderful flowers?
> Thank
> > you very much for your help. Sincerely, Betty Montgomery -- Pacific Bulb
> > Society web site email:
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