A Nerine experience

Mary Sue Ittner msittner@mcn.org
Wed, 06 Oct 2004 22:09:29 PDT
Dear Matt,

I remember your picture from last year on the wiki of all those flowers in 
bloom. You obviously are doing something right. How hot does it get in your 
greenhouse in summer? I left my N. sarniensis hybrids in my greenhouse last 
year during the summer, but forgot to return them this year so maybe mine 
were too cool during the summer this year since it looks like only two are 
going to bloom and last year there were a lot more. The only one open at 
the moment (from the Zinkowski rescue) has never bloomed before however and 
some of the ones that have bloomed a couple of times now have produced 
leaves which usually means they are not going to bloom. I think I had 
decided it was more summer water they needed since a number of Southern 
California bulb growers have sworn by this as making a difference. But 
perhaps temperature is the crucial ingredient. Since you aren't watering 
yours in summer it just shows that what works for one may not work for another.

Perhaps I need to just move mine to the greenhouse and leave them as well. 
Abuse I should be able to provide or at least neglect. It still seems 
ironic to me that when we built a greenhouse so we could have year round 
vegetables it is mostly used to provide extra summer heat to my bulbs! 
There are no vegetables in it at all.

It must be really spectacular for you in your greenhouse at the moment. 
Thanks for sharing.

Mary Sue

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