Eucomis - TOW-Hardiness

David Fenwick
Mon, 18 Aug 2003 10:07:58 PDT
Hi Jane,
I agree about tree and shrub protection from frost completely, and I use
this here to grow Chasmanthe outdoors.

Regarding the frost issue I should have said for South African bulbs, as
this is what I was implying, and as per Eucomis. Locals in South Africa
refer to these sudden cold frosts as Black Frost and they usually occur
after rain.

Yes we are warmer here in the SW UK, but sudden frosts like this are very
damaging indeed and are not the norm. Hence, on east facing slopes, around
buildings and under trees they are much less damaging, and of course I was
talking about winter dormant bulbs and not ones in leaf.

Sorry for any misunderstanding.

Best Wishes,


David Fenwick
NCCPG National Collection of Crocosmia with Chasmanthe and Tulbaghia
The African Garden
96 Wasdale Gardens

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