Eucomis hybrids?

Kenneth Hixson
Sat, 16 Dec 2006 13:57:04 PST
Dear Members
	Jane wrote that she has E. autumnalis outdoors.  Well,
I have what I got as autumnalis, and have had it outdoors several
years in various places.  In a bed where it was partially shaded,
the stem got very tall, almost two feet, and flopped.  Given more
sun at the base of a 'Kwanzan' cherry, much more compact (1') and
erect.  It'll be interesting to see what it is like in a couple more
years as it gets adapted to its' new home.  Assuming the gophers
don't get it--that is a problem right now.  It hasn't received  any
special treatment, including a mulch beyond what the whole area
gets to keep weeds down.  More Eucomis seem worthy of trial here.
	T&M lists Eucomis hybrids in this year's catalog, but with
a not very enticing description.  One wonders if they are accidental
hybrids,  or if they simply do not have very much seed available.

Ken, also some ice on rocks but bare lawn.

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