Nerine. Was: What promotes blooming?

Paul Tyerman
Sat, 13 Oct 2007 03:44:14 PDT
At 01:11 AM 13/10/2007, you wrote:
>Hi F.C.,
>Thanks for the references.  I think my summer temperatures may be too high
>here:  30 - 35°C in summer rather than the recommended 17 - 25°C.  My late
>winter storage, in a greenhouse at 10 - 20°C, may also be too warm for the
>N. bowdenii.


Summer temps shouldn't be a problem for 
bowdenii.  They flower extremely well here once 
established, and we get to 40'C most summers, 
with weeks above 30'C and plenty above 35'C  They 
grow fine outside in the gardens here, down to 
-9'C or more without any problems.  I find though 
that bowdenii resents disturbance and definitely 
likes to be crowded.  Hot and dryish summers seem 
to be the trick, with the best flowering I have 
seen tending to be the old clumps in established 
gardens, or planted out on nature strips etc.  Is that any help?

Your miniature angustifolia sounds rather 
interesting.  I like the smaller Nerines a lot, 
with my favourites probably at this stage being 
angulata (can't beat it for flowering..... every 
mature bulb I find flowers every year, even if 
divided etc), followed masoniorum (which 
unfortunately isn't so forgiving of disturbance. 
<grin>).  I haven't yet flowered my seedlings of 
angustifolia so I can't compare them though.


Paul T.
Canberra, Australia - USDA Zone Equivalent approx. 8/9

Growing an eclectic collection of plants from all 
over the world including Aroids, Crocus, 
Cyclamen, Erythroniums, Fritillarias, Galanthus, 
Irises, Trilliums (to name but a few) and just 
about anything else that doesn't move!! 

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