Nerine matters

Mark Wilcox
Fri, 16 May 2003 18:39:15 PDT
Hamish and Diane,

On Fri, 16 May 2003 12:21:37 +0100, Hamish Sloan wrote:

>Mark Wilcox mentions his "N. 
>sarniensis 'Eos' " as surviving the Washington DC winter outside.

My impression is that the plant would be evergreen here if its leaves weren't
killed back to the ground by frost.

As far as bloom, it bloomed a few months after initial planting, in fall.  It
skipped blooming the next year.  Last year it bloomed again.  So a 1- to 2-year
lag from bud formation to flowering sounds right.  Skipping a year of bloom at
that point would seem to indicate a reaction to its having been disturbed the
previous year.

Since I really didn't expect it to survive winters here, it's been a delightful
recurring surprise.  I find its flowers superior to, and certainly larger than,
any of the other Nerines I grow.

Mark Wilcox
Washington, DC

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