[BULBS-L] [pbs] Crinum popping out

Jamie jamievande@freenet.de
Wed, 21 May 2003 10:51:23 PDT

wow, that's service!  Thanks.  You've confirmed what I had assumed (always
chancey).  I may have to get back to you about this hybrid!  Sounds like my
sort of thing.


Jamie V.

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From: "J.E. Shields" <jshields104@insightbb.com>
To: "Discussion List for geophytes of the world (Bulbs)"
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Sent: Wednesday, May 21, 2003 7:48 PM
Subject: Re: [BULBS-L] [pbs] Crinum popping out

> Jamie,
> Start the seeds on the surface of the potting mix, and spray with a bit of
> water occasionally if they are slow to germinate.  Most crinum seeds are
> all too eager to germinate, but some will wait a rather long time before
> sprouting.
> I grow mine in full sun in summer.  They can take full sun here at
> 40 degrees N.  You are right, use a gritty, freely draining mix and keep
> potting them up into larger containers each year until you can just barely
> move the pot!  I feed and water regularly in the growing season, and I
> actually have many of my big (5-gal and 7.5-gal.) pots of crinums on a
> irrigation system in summer when it gets hot and dry here.
> Crinum macowanii has a very extensive range in southern Africa.  I have
> plants or seedlings from plants that grew in Zambia and Namibia, as well
> in the Republic of South Africa.  Thus, some may well be much more
> cold-tolerant than others.  I'd proceed with caution on this score.
> I love the flowers of macowanii.  I have pictures posted at URL =
> http://shieldsgardens.com/amaryllids/Crinum.html/
> I also have seedling bulbs of Crinum [bulbispermum X macowanii] and of C.
> [bulbispermum X lugardiae] available this year at URL =
> http://shieldsgardens.com/Bulbs/…
> I don't know what the flowers of these hybrids will look like, so I'm
> awaiting their eventual bloom on pins and needles.  They won't bloom yet
> this year, unfortunately.
> Regards,
> Jim Shields
> in central Indiana
> At 07:22 PM 5/21/03 +0200, Jamie wrote:
> >Jim,
> >
> >can you expand a bit on Crinum macowanii, I just received some seeds,
> >they are huge things, bigger than most bulbs I grow, and would like a bit
> >advice.  Any advice, actually.  I take it a loose, moisture retentive mix
> >suites them.  How about lighting?  I've seen photos of C. macowanii in
> >wild and they look pretty exposed.  How cold can they go?  First winter
> >better under shelter?
> >
> >I hope you are taking shots of these new hybrids, I'm very curious.
> >
> >Danke.....
> >
> >Jamie V.
> >
> Bitte schön!  Es ist gern geschehen! ("Es isch gern g'scheh")
> Jim
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