Crinum popping out

J.E. Shields
Wed, 21 May 2003 06:49:07 PDT
Hi all,

I was not shocked a couple weeks ago to see scapes appearing in the tubs of 
my large crinums over-wintered under the benches in the greenhouse, but I'm 
very surprised to see a fresh spent scape on one of the Crinum bulbispermum 
plants growing outdoors in the ground on the east side of the greenhouse.

I can't figure how I missed seeing that when it was in bloom.  It must have 
been in the past two weeks; guess I've been busier than I though.....

Among the crinums in containers, I have blooms on C. x-powellii roseum and 
C. x-powellii album.  There are scapes growing on CC. bulbispermum and 
macowanii so far.

In deference to Dave Lehmiller's ("Dr. Crinum" in IBS) insistence that 
crinums grown in containers need pots at least 20 inches across, I am 
gradually moving my plants to 7.5 gallon (15-inch diameter at top, ca 25 
liters) plastic tubs.  Since these have handles, I can move them (just 
barely!) onto the front loader of my Kubota.  Most of them are in 5-gal. 
plastic nursery containers, and when they burst these they go into the 7.5 
gal. tubs.  Bigger than that I cannot go without buying a forklift!

Jim Shields
in central Indiana

Jim Shields             USDA Zone 5             Shields Gardens, Ltd.
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