Nerine bowdenii-getting them to bloom before frost
Thu, 06 Oct 2005 02:44:34 PDT
In a message dated 10/5/2005 7:50:30 PM Eastern Daylight Time, writes:
explain the curious behavior of Nerine
bowdenii in our climate - it blooms late in the season, if at all. In other
words, it blooms after it gets a cold period

Nerine bowdenii (of no special provenance) is in bloom here now, prior to any 
cold period.  To initiate bloom, sometime in mid August, slip a garden fork 
under the bulbs and gently pop them loose from the soil. Mature bulbs should 
send up a spike several weeks later, in time to bloom before heavy frosts.

Mark Mazer
Intarsia Ltd.
Gaylordsville, Connecticut 06755-0142

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