Eucomis vandermerwei
Wed, 10 Nov 2004 05:30:57 PST
Needless to say, E. vandermerwei *loves* the summers up here in Little
South Africa, aka upstate New York.  Unfortunately I neglected to get any
into the ground, and since the ground is frozen this morning, it won't
happen today.  Maybe in a day or two, when it warms up. It comes from a
fairly cold area  -though I don't really expect it to survive our
formidable winters (but I must try).

As someone suggested earlier this year, when I inquired on this list, leaf
cuttings "take" at a high rate (when seeds aren't available).  It is a
wonderful little plant!

Who out there is growing Eucomis schijffii?  Any experiences with that in
the open garden?  It should be quite cold-hardy.  I am now the proud owner
of 2 young bulbs and 9 new seedlings thereof, so am not ready to sacrifice
my own stock to hardiness experiments.

While I think of it: if anyone has a bit (small bulb, seeds) of E. humilis
to trade, I would love to get hold of some -


Ellen Hornig
Seneca Hill Perennials
Oswego NY USA
Zone 5; avg. annual snowfall 3m/10ft

Original Message:
From: Tony Avent
Date: Wed, 10 Nov 2004 07:37:06 -0500
Subject: Re: [pbs] Eucomis vandermerwei


	We have a small plant of Eucomis vandermerwei that didn't like our summer
either, but we have hope that it will perform better when it grows larger.
We saw large production rows of this in Holland this summer, so it should
be imported on a limited basis in a couple of years.  You can see a photo
on our expedition log at and
scroll down to Monday August 9. 

At 05:53 PM 11/9/2004 EST, you wrote:
>An email garden friend sent me seeds of Eucomis vendermeiwei last winter. 
>started them indoors under fluorescent lights, with the aloes and
>days and bright light.
>In spring I moved them outdoors and they started growing rapidly.  But, by 
>July they were not doing too well--I think the 30 days of rain in June was
>agreeable and the hot summer temperatures didn't seem to help them.
>So, I kept them a bit dry (hard to do here in summer) and now they have 
>started growing again with the cooler days of Fall.  October was quite
hot, but 
>nights were often 70 F rather than 80 F, and it was dry.  
>I guess this purported summer grower has 2 seasons here in the greater 
>Houston area--spring and fall.  I'll keep them out till they obviously
>about the cold and then will dry them down and put them away till next
>Who knows, perhaps they won't mind our mild winters--last year the low was
25 F 
>a few nights, maybe they will grow all winter.  
>They sure are attractive, even the little seedlings, with the
>Conroe Joe
>pbs mailing list
Tony Avent
Plant Delights Nursery @
Juniper Level Botanic Garden
9241 Sauls Road
Raleigh, NC  27603  USA
Minimum Winter Temps 0-5 F
Maximum Summer Temps 95-105F
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