Boophone disticha

Digby Boswell
Sat, 21 Jun 2003 02:39:22 PDT
Hi All,

Boophone distica is a summer growing species.  The are a couple growing in
the field across the road from me that are now dormant (Southern
Hemisphere). They usually start growing early Spring with the flowers
appearing first. A flowering size bulb is about 6 inches in diameter.  The
soil here is not very good.  There is about 6 inches of soil and then shale,
none the less thay seem to alright along with Cyrtanthus contractus that
also flowers early Spring.

Digby Boswell
South Africa.
Zone 9

----- Original Message -----
From: Angelo Porcelli <>
To: <>
Sent: 20 June 2003 9:58 PM
Subject: [pbs] re:///Boophone/ disticha


I am amazed to see a four years old plant that size. Is it close to
flowering size I suppose?
Now, the problem. I am growing this species from seed too and the seedlings
(1 yr) are abt 1" (2,5cm).
They are in tall and narrow pots, as they have a big root system, in a sandy
soil. In spite of the watering they are going dormant now, but I read it is
mainly summer growing. At this point I am stopping waterings and leave them
to do what they want. Here we are over 30°C and the last week over 35°C and
doesn't rain from a month. I think this is another of those South African
species that are fully winter growing here, like Crinum moorei, Zantedeschia
aethiopica, Freesia alba. Also my Veltheimia are dormant from some weeks.

Angelo Porcelli
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