Wintering Hymenocallis
Wed, 09 Nov 2005 12:07:23 PST

I'm happy to read all of the advice from the different folks.  

Here, near Houston, TX, I try to determine where the plants come from and 
what habitats they like.  Thus, for most of the Southeast USA plants, I just 
plant them in the ground in a low area of my yard, and they figure out the rest.  
The only exception will be H. galvestonensis, and I've just gotten a few seeds 
of that one.  I'll leave it outside all winter to get rain, or not, as the 
weather decides.  

If they come from other areas of the world I have been trying to discern if 
they are from seasonally wet places, or if they grow in drier habitats.    But, 
I've had little luck interpreting the various informations.  

Therefore, for all of those for which I don't have good information, I leave 
them in pots (2- 3-gallon) all winter.  By mid-November I usually put them in 
shade and cover them with a bit of clear plastic (3-4 mil, not thin material). 
 Then, I leave them dry until about mid-February or early March, with bright 
shade, no direct sun, and no water from rain.  Sometimes, in sunny spells, I 
pull off the plastic for a few days.  

I uncover them all by early March at the latest.  As a pot starts growing I 
move it to the areas of the garden that get watered.  Our low temperatures are 
modest, last year was 23 F (-5 C) and about the same the year before.  Low 
temperatures last only a few hours and the soil in pots does not freeze.  

Some, such as H.maximilianii, or H. caribaea just grow in big tubs year 
round, about 10-15 gallon containers.  They follow their own rhythms.  I think that 
some others will be given that treatment as they become larger clumps.  


Conroe Joe

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