Crinum x powellii & Eucomis pole-evansii

Kelly Irvin
Mon, 21 Jul 2008 07:39:33 PDT

I'm sorry for the poor description. This is about 8 feet of row. The 
tallest inflorescence is just over 4 feet. They are in a nursery row. 
They survived in the ground in my former location for a couple of years, 
but I would not call those winters zone 6 winters. They've survived a 
couple more winters here in my new location, but I don't believe we've 
received temperatures below 9°F in these two years, nor were any of the 
severe temperatures long-lasting.

I believe the bulb has to be quite mature to bloom. I have one in a two 
gallong tree pot which really holds close to 3 gallons. It's growing 
fine, but has not bloomed in the pot. Neither has it received winter 
chilling, only winter rest.

A stout 4 foot stalk is still impressive. From my own perspective, I'd 
like to come up with something like it, but a tad shorter with a little 
less leaf and a little more color interest from the flower, and 
especially the stalk. I daubed some E. montana pollen this morning from 
an especially freckled darker specimen, but the anthers did not yield 
much pollen, and I have no idea if what I did manage out of it is 
viable. I have an especially purple stalked E. comosa from which I hope 
to extract pollen in the next couple of days, again for pollinating the 
E. pole-evansii.

Mr. Kelly M. Irvin
10850 Hodge Ln
Gravette, AR 72736
USDA Cold Hardiness Zone 6a/b

Jim McKenney wrote:
> Mr. Kelly Irvin wrote: " For the first time my 8 feet or so of Eucomis
> pole-evansii are blooming well."

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