Jim McKenney
Fri, 19 Oct 2007 09:25:45 PDT
I used to give my Eucomis what old-timers will recognize as "gladiolus
culture" : dug and stored dry indoors for the winter. Then I switched over
to growing them in pots, drying them off at the end of the growing season
(or after the first freeze mushed the foliage) and then storing the pots dry
in a heated (but not too much) basement. 

I never lost a plant this way, but annual bloom was not a sure thing. 

I have a big pot of Eu. Pole-evansii (nominally; it has never bloomed so I'm
not sure)  which is about to be planted permanently outside near the house
wall (permanently? Well, at least until it dies, if it does).

Incidentally, I've lost Eucomis planted outside in sheltered spots in the
past. This was back in the days when men were men and winters were winters
or something like that.  

Jim McKenney
Montgomery County, Maryland, USA, USDA zone 7, where Sternbergia
greuteriana, Crocus goulimyi and the first C. speciosus are blooming; C.
tournefortii, C. banaticus, C. kotschyanus and others are in bud; otherwise
it's been a very slow season. 

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