Ferraria crispa

Lee Poulsen
Tue, 01 Apr 2003 14:24:59 PST
Ferraria crispa grows like a weed for me here in Southern Calif. I 
grow them in pots outside all year round. However, it is definitely a 
mediterranean-type grower for me. As the nights cool down in the 
fall, the bulbs come out of dormancy, grow throughout the winter, and 
start blooming in the early spring. They've been blooming for maybe a 
month now for me. As the weather warms up and the rains fade away 
into out dry season, the foliage dries up and they go into dormancy 
all summer long to repeat the cycle in the fall. I don't know how you 
guys at more northerly latitudes than us force them to grow during 
the warm season.

--Lee Poulsen

>I am relatively new to Ferraria potted culture, but mine seem to 
>crave water during growth, sucking the pot dry fairly rapidly. I 
>have a Ferraria crispa v. nortieri in bloom right now, the image of 
>which can be seen at Bulbmeister.COM in the gallery. Besides their 
>very unusual appearance, I really enjoy the fragrance.
>Bonaventure W Magrys wrote:
>>Hi all,
>>I'm a new member. 39-year old male living in Cliffwood Beach, New Jersey,
>>USA and plant nut since my kid-scientist days. My question to the experts
>>I have just acquired a dormant Ferraria crispa tuber from Van Bourgoundien.
>>I plan to grow in a pot outdoors as spring is approaching us here in New
>>Jersey. How much
>>moisture while it is in growth and when to start enforcing dormancy?
>>Bonaventure Magrys
>>Cliffwood Beach, New Jersey
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>Mr. Kelly M. Irvin
>The Bulbmeister
>4407 Town Vu Road
>Bentonville, AR 72712

--Lee Poulsen
Pasadena area, California, USDA Zone 9-10
Pacific Bulb Society - Secretary

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