Speaking of Eucomis ...

BRIAN WHYER brian.whyer@btinternet.com
Thu, 18 Oct 2007 13:07:07 PDT
I have E. comosa types both in the garden, and in pots left unprotected, and E. autumnalis in unprotected pots, through several winters now. These will have gone down to freezing at times, and occasionally below for a few days. E. vandermerwei I have only had over 2 winters and in pots it has had some minimal protection, so rarely gets below say 5C/41F, but may have done occasionally. I have not lost any, yet, so these must be fairly tough.
  Brian Whyer, Buckinghamshire, England
  Winter minimum rarely below -5C over recent years.

James Waddick <jwaddick@kc.rr.com> wrote:
  Dear All,
I wonder if any one can recommend winter storage for Eucomis. 
I have a few species growing in pots and I assume as the weather here 
gets colder, I'll dry these off and allow them to go dormant.
Can the bulbs be stored dry or just left in pots, dry all 
winter. Or should they get a drop of water now and then?

How low a temperature can they tolerate in pots.? Above 
freezing I assume, but is 50 F (10 C) better or room temperature 70F 
(20 C)

Any special handling suggestions?

Many thanks. Jim W.
Dr. James W. Waddick
8871 NW Brostrom Rd.
Kansas City Missouri 64152-2711
Ph. 816-746-1949
Zone 5 Record low -23F
Summer 100F +

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