frozen Nerines

arlen jose
Wed, 21 Feb 2007 05:33:23 PST
Hello All,

I have grown Nerine sarniensis hybrids and for past two winter in the open
garden and they seem
to be doing fine. Just to be on the "safe" side, they're planted in the
sunniest part or the garden
and mulched with salt marsh hay for the winter. So far, so good. I have
Nerine bowdenii and it's
hybrids growing for more than 15 years without a problem. I even moved them
from their former location
to a new spot a year and a half ago and last fall they rewarded me with a
record number of scapes
(big yeah!!!!!).

Warm Regards,
Fred Biasella
Cambridge (Boston ) MA
USDA Zone 6b

...and finally warming up!!!!!

-----Original Message-----
[]On Behalf Of Jim McKenney
Sent: Wednesday, February 21, 2007 8:22 AM
To: 'Pacific Bulb Society'
Subject: Re: [pbs] frozen Nerines

So sorry to hear about your friend's Nerine collection, Diane.

This issue of Nerine cold hardiness is of growing interest to me because
against seemingly daunting odds (such as occasional air temperatures below
10º F for hours and periods where the daytime temperature did not rise above
the freezing point for days on end) I have been able to keep two Nerine
sarniensis cultivars outside all winter in a cold frame through two winters.
At the risk of being redundant, let me emphasize that it is an unheated cold

As John Grimshaw’s experience with snowdrops suggests (and as similar
experience here with lilies suggests) pot culture may be part of the
problem. My Nerine grow in the earth which forms the bed of the cold frame,
they are not in pots. But there must be more to it than that: my plants show
absolutely no sign of cold damage to the foliage.

Is anyone else growing Nerine sarniensis outside in cold winter areas?

Jim McKenney

Montgomery County, Maryland, USA, USDA zone 7

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