Patricia Brooks
Tue, 15 Apr 2003 05:30:52 PDT
Mine does nor bloom but keeps coming back every year.

It is planted in my rock garden.
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From: "Mary Sue Ittner" <>
To: "Pacific Bulb Society" <>
Sent: Monday, April 14, 2003 11:48 PM
Subject: [pbs] Babiana--TOW

> Dear All,
> Who in the group grows Babiana? There must be some people who grow this
> one. My Ortho book shows that it would do well in California and Oregon
> be possible in Washington, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma and most
> the South.
> We know some of you grow it in Australia too. I was interested in Rachel's
> comments about the trouble telling them apart. I have really struggled
> some of the ones I grow that were grown from seed and are presumably a
> species. If I look in my books there are different descriptions for the
> same thing.
> I have found Babianas happier in the ground or a raised bed than in a
> container even though you read that they can be grown in containers. Some
> of them are a little too prolific however. On the other hand my Babiana
> curviscapa is very slow to increase. Every year I hope it will bloom when
> it isn't raining because I think it is so beautiful. Rain here sometimes
> wipes out the blooms. Babiana villosa is another stunner, especially the
> red one.
> I've not had luck with some of them I have grown from seed. Germination
> isn't the problem, but growing to blooming has been. The first time I grew
> them from seed I am sure I got blooms within a year, but I've never been
> able to duplicate that. I think they need deeper pots right away or maybe
> to be planted out. Some of them I have tried may have wanted less rain as
> well. In spite of that I have a number of them that bloom reliably every
> I have added quite a few pictures to the wiki page:
> Some of them are plants I grow in my garden and some are of plants we saw
> in bloom in South Africa. There are also pictures there taken by Doug
> Westfall, Sheila Burrow, Lyn Edwards, Dirk Wallace, and Mary Wise. Check
> them out.
> Rachel, I have had a plant for a long time which blooms reliably in winter
> and smells like cinnamon and came to me as Babiana nana var. angustifolia.
> I have a picture of it on the wiki. Is this name correct or is it
> else? There is a mention of it in Spring and Winter Flowering Bulbs of the
> Cape, but I haven't seen it mentioned any other place.
> I'd also like people to take a look at my species pictures on the wiki and
> see if anyone could identify them. Or could they be B. stricta hybrids?
> Also the plant I got as Babiana disticha doesn't have any yellow in it.
> of my books says it can be without yellow and others that describe it as
> either yellow or marked with yellow. Does it look right?
> Anyone have any tips for photographing Babiana angustifolia? They always
> come out looking so dark and even if you lighten them the red that you can
> see when looking at them doesn't show in the picture.
> Thanks for any answers and I hope the others who grow Babiana will
> contribute to this TOW.
> Mary Sue
> Between rain storms where the Moraeas (Homeria group) are adding masses of
> color and where my first Calochortus venustus opened today and Geissorhiza
> monanthos and Lapeirousia corymbosa have
> been awesome and where I have five blooming pots of different Leucocorynes
> (yea summer in the greenhouse to help them bloom). Brodiaeas,
> Dichelostemmas, and Triteleias are also starting to bloom. Showers are
> forecast through Friday however.
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