TOW - Gethyllis

Robert Werra
Wed, 21 Jul 2004 16:08:41 PDT
--- Cameron McMaster <>
> Here are some ideas on cultivation - hope I'm not
> repeating what others have contributed! 
> If possible, use a 20 cm clay pot (or add more holes
> to a plastic pot) for up to six bulbs. Ensure good
> drainage by first placing a few stones a the bottom,
> then a layer of about 3 cm of peat or good compost.
> Then fill the pot with a coarse growing medium,
> containing grit or grainy sand. A ratio of one part
> loam to three parts coarse sand/gritty mix should
> do, with a bit more sand in the top four cm.
> The bulbs can be planted with the necks about four
> cm deep. Water the pot thoroughly towards the end of
> March, and then at about two-week intervals
> throughout autumn, winter and early spring. In areas
> with dry winters, water about every ten days. Do not
> let the pot be baked by the sun, keep the sides
> shaded and cool, but the plants need a few hours of
> morning sun or strong light each day. Towards the
> end of September or early October the pot should be
> allowed to dry out for summer dormancy. The bulbs
> can be left in the pot in a dry and airy spot.
> Some time during January, the flowers should appear,
> flowering only for a few days. Mature bulbs that
> have been lifted may be inclined to skip the first
> season's flower. If the flowers have been pollinated
> (you can transfer some pollen from one flower to
> another), the aromatic fruits should appear out of
> the bare ground some time in March-April. The leaves
> follow thereafter. 
> The whole fruit can be put into 250 ml brandy and
> left to draw for a few weeks, for the famous
> "kukamakranka brandy" that cures all stomach
> ailments! Or you can squeeze out the fresh pips from
> one end of the berry fruit, then dry the skin for an
> unusual bookmark The pips can be spread out on a
> plate to dry for about two days, then sow (just
> pressed lightly half into the soil) and water
> regularly - water from below if possible. Dry the
> seedlings off towards the end of November or early
> December.
> For the Northern Hemisphere, add on six months to be
> in the right season!
> Rhoda
> Napier, Western Cape
> where the weather is behaving like summer and we
> desperately need the winter rains
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> To Gethylis Starters; I would suggest planting them
two inches apart. I have 15 Gethylis villosa in a pot
12 by 6 inches and the leaves get all tangled and
although they are quite attractive they look a bit
messy.  Bob Werra in No. Calif. 

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