Crinum moorei, what does it want?

J.E. Shields
Wed, 23 Jun 2004 18:47:21 PDT
Hi Joe,

I grow my Crinum moorei plants in 5-gal. containers -- summer outdoors in 
dappled shade (at 40 N latitude) and in winter dry under a greenhouse 
bench.  It grows fine in summer, struggles in winter.  My plants bloom 
nicely each summer now.

It has a reputation for being tender, but is one of the parents of C. 
x-powellii.  If you really value your plants, protect in winter; if you 
like to experiment, try planting them in the ground.  In either case, 
please let us know what happens.

Jim Shields
in central Indiana

At 09:38 PM 6/23/2004 -0400, you wrote:
>What does C. moorei like?  I've read it likes half day sun, and a summer
>dormancy.  Does it require a summer dormancy, or will it be OK if it gets
>year-round rain?  I've got it in a 10-gallon pot in sandy humus-rich soil.
>How about cold, how much winter cold can it take.  I don't mind if it loses
>leaves but I wouldn't want to interfere with bud formation.  Last winter it
>lost foliage when temps got a bit below 30 F.
>Conroe, TX:  still more rain, about 10 inches so far in June
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