Growing Dierama in Zone 9

aaron floden
Mon, 24 Feb 2014 17:03:54 PST
I am currently zone 7-ish. We reached -1 F this year, but the previous five winters saw lows only to 7F with most not below 10F.  I can second nearly exactly what Lee mentions. In pots they seemed better off and I could get them going, but planted out they dwindled quickly. Most growth happened spring and fall with death always summertime. I did flower one from Ellen (Seneca Hill Perennials) and also a seed grown dracomontanum, but they died immediately after.


On Tue, 2/25/14, Lee Poulsen <> wrote:

 I have tried growing various
 different Dierama species multiple times here in inland
 southern California. And in every case so far, sooner or
 later, they eventually dwindle to nothing, and it always
 happens in the summertime. I've managed to have some grow to
 almost fill a 15 cm/6 in. pot, and just when they get big
 enough that I think they will finally bloom, they start to
 dwindle and 1 to 3 years later I get only one leaf, then

 of those Zone 9 plants that also happen to want it to never
 get hot either.
 As I've mentioned before, I don't think Ina realizes just
 how cool the summers are in Auckland despite it never
 getting much below freezing in the winter, if ever. 
 On Feb 24, 2014, at 11:13 AM, Ina Crossley <>
 > What zone are you in Aaron?  I have well draining
 soil, and no problem 
 > growing them.  We are fairly humid.  Rain
 most of the year, although 
 > more in winter.
 > Ina Crossley
 > Auckland New Zealand zone 10a
 > On 25/02/2014 7:44 a.m., aaron floden wrote:


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