Bulbs for the Holidays--TOW

J.E. Shields jshields104@insightbb.com
Wed, 24 Dec 2003 09:58:15 PST
Merry Christmas, everyone!

Bloom is sparse here just now, and strictly in the greenhouse.  Lachenalia 
viridiflora is blooming at its peak.  Cyclamen coum is still flowering, but 
looks to be past its prime.  One lone Nerine flexuosa is in 
bloom.  Haemanthus deformis and Androcymbium europaeum are both showing 
color and appear just about ready to open.

We try to suppress bloom on the Clivia and the Hippeastrum until the 
weather is a bit warmer.  In the past I've tried to force them to flower by 
Christmas, but it has never gone particularly well.  Now we aim for late 
January through early March as the target bloom times for these two 
genera.  However, one contrary Clivia nobilis is resolutely pushing up a 
scape and showing color in the buds, even though the temperatures in that 
greenhouse are kept close to 50 F.

Our best wishes to all for the holiday season!

Jim Shields
in cold, snowy central Indiana, where it looks as if we will have a White 

Jim Shields             USDA Zone 5             Shields Gardens, Ltd.
P.O. Box 92              WWW:    http://www.shieldsgardens.com/
Westfield, Indiana 46074, USA
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