Urginea maritimum

Lauw de Jager dejager@bulbargence.com
Thu, 10 Jun 2004 13:42:18 PDT
Dear John,
 The foliage may suffer some frost damage. But the bulb, which is very much
on the surface,  may need some protection by a mulch. Like with Paul this
species easly withstands -6-8° Provides  the spot is well chosen (sunny,
sheltered and well drained).

le 8/06/04 15:02, Paul Tyerman à ptyerman@ozemail.com.au a écrit :

>> Lifting Urginea maritima for the winter would be disastrous, as it is a
>> winter-growing plant from Mediterranean coasts - whence it is collected for
>> export by unscrupulous bulb companies. It is extremely frost-sensitive and
>> will promptly be killed by more than a degree or two of frost.
> Well don't you DARE tell that (the frost sensitive bit) to the bulbs of it
> that I grow. ;-)  Maybe we here in Aus have a strain that doesn't mind
> frost but my 2 bulbs of it even just took without any problem an
> unseasonably early -5 followed by -6'C the two mornings over the weekend.
> So many other things got hit badly as this is VERY early for that hard a
> frost here and a lot of things were still only closing down for the winter
> and hadn't completely hardened off (so to speak).  So many plants in our
> garden pulped to a certain degree that would normally easily accept -6'C
> later in winter when they have prepared for it.  Even with this early low
> the Urginea maritima are doing just fine and not looking like they've been
> damaged in the slightest.  Big healthy leaves are still there, having
> emerged in teh last month or so and still growing.
>  They went through last winter fine as well, taking -8'C as well

Lauw de Jager
South of France (zone 8 Olivier)

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