Crinum season begins

J.E. Shields
Tue, 02 May 2006 08:51:16 PDT

Surprisingly, Crinum season has also begun  here in central Indiana!  One 
plant of C. bulbispermum, planted in the ground right outside the 
greenhouse, is in bloom.  This is at least a month earlier than I recall in 
the past.  There are some volunteer seedlings of crinums coming up in this 
same bed!  I never thought a Crinum could seed around in central 
Indiana!   I have lost x-powellii in this same bed, close to one of the 
small greenhouses (#2, to be exact).  A Zantedeschia 'Green Goddess' is 
surviving in the ground outdoors at the south end of greenhouse #2, and 
nearby is a plant of Hymenocallis liriosme, coming up after its 2nd or 3rd 
winter in the ground there.

Survival continues to be very good for most of my crinums.  I have not 
checked the plants I gave to the Indianapolis Zoo yet, in the center of 
downtown Indianapolis; but here in the outer suburbs of Indianapolis, I 
have not noticed any major losses.  One large Crinum variabile had the 
center bulb die, but numerous offsets survive.  One large plant of C. 
[bulbispermum X lugardiae] in the same outdoor bed looked bad, but I think 
it is surviving.  The other 6 to 10 large plants of these two varieties 
seem to still be there and to be perfectly healthy.

Numerous 2-yr old seedlings of C. variabile were lined out last summer, 
outdoors in the ground near GH #4, and most seem to have come back.

The C. variabile and the C. [bulbispermum X lugardiae] are outside the 
south end of the large greenhouse (#4), ca. 10 to 15 ft. away from 
it.  They undoubtedly get some leakage of heat from GH #4 in the 
winter.  However, this last autumn, we did not add any extra mulch to the 
thin layer we had down for weed control.

I'm planning to try Crinum plantings farther away from buildings this 
summer, if we get the time.  We'll try a couple hybrids of bulbispermum and 
some seedlings of C. bulbispermum.  I had three bulbs from about 20 
seedlings of [bulbispermum X macowanii] that survived outdoors in the 
ground.  The three survivors were transferred to 5-gal. pots and will be 
used for breeding.  I may risk a couple large seedlings of a macowanii X 
macowanii cross there.    I have 2-yr old [bulbispermum X graminicola] to 
try, too -- if we get the time.

Best regards,
Jim Shields
in central Indiana (USA)

At 10:23 AM 5/2/2006 -0400, you wrote:

>Crinum season has begun in North Carolina with 'Alamo Village'
>and 'Mrs. James Hendry' blooming now.  The x powellii and
>x herbertii types should be along soon.

Jim Shields             USDA Zone 5             Shields Gardens, Ltd.
P.O. Box 92              WWW:
Westfield, Indiana 46074, USA
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