Cardwell Lily

J.E. Shields
Sun, 30 Sep 2007 15:58:56 PDT
Hi all,

Several years ago, I bought 3 bulbs of this species.  They have bloomed 
twice, only a single bulb of the three blooming in any given year.  I 
winter them in a greenhouse, cool but always above freezing, and 
bone-dry.  In summer, they are outside in a lath house and get misted three 
times a week.

I'm not sure how we should be handling them.  Each summer, they seem to put 
out their new leaves later than the previous year.  I suspect I may be 
doing one or more of the following:

- Letting them get too cold in winter; maybe a minimum winter (dry season) 
temperature of 50 F (10 C) or even 60 F (ca 15 C) would be better.  They 
have been experiencing temperatures on very cold winter days down into the 
upper 30s F (3 to 4 C)

- Keeping them too wet in summer.  Since they are outside in summer, they 
get whatever rain we have.  This summer, that was not much.

- Keeping them too dry in summer.  Maybe, in a dry year like this one has 
been, getting 10  minutes of mist three times a week isn't enough moisture.

I'm looking for suggestions too, Erin.

They are not self fertile, as I've tried pollinating the occasional bloom 
in past season.

Best wishes,
Jim Shields
in central Indiana (USA), USDA cold zone 5

At 06:26 PM 9/30/2007 -0400, you wrote:
>  From Kubitzki:
>"Leaves annual,  petiolate, the laminae broadly reniform or ovate,
>plicate.  Flowers white, erect or slightly nodding, 10-30;  perigone
>funnelform-craterform.  Two to three species., Maylasia, Philippines,

Jim Shields             USDA Zone 5             Shields Gardens, Ltd.
P.O. Box 92              WWW:
Westfield, Indiana 46074, USA
Tel. ++1-317-867-3344     or      toll-free 1-866-449-3344 in USA

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