Cryptostephanus species

Harold Koopowitz
Sat, 26 Jul 2008 18:21:33 PDT
I have been "listening" to the dialog on Crypt. haemanthoides with 
some interest. I have several plants and flowered it for the first 
time last year and that plant currently has two spikes again this 
year. I grow them in a mix that is about half crush pumice. Some 
plants go dormant but others do not. I used to keep them dry over the 
winter but lost those. Now they grow in my greenhouse under 
intermediate temperatures, relatively low light and get watered with 
my orchids all year long. They seem to do quite well.

I think the resemblances with Crypt. vansonii are quite superficial. 
Details about the placement of style and anthers are rather 
different. I tried to cross the two species last year but without 
success. I plan to try again this year.


At 05:01 PM 7/26/2008, you wrote:

>Dear bulb friends
>I just thought that I would add something that I have found to be 
>very helpful in my opinion. Clivia and c. vansonii are very happy if 
>their roots are exposed and will flourish - I have even seen photos 
>that show c. haemanthoides doing well with many of its roots exposed 
>however I have not been successful at all with this planting depth. 
>I have found that new roots come from the top of the bulb and they 
>do not like to be fully exposed hence I have found that by planting 
>the entire bulb just below the level of the growing medium gives the 
>best results. I also grow them in a 50% orchid bark and  a material 
>like scoria mix that is between 4 and 10mm in diameter. I give full 
>morning sun to haemathoides and I am finally getting a bulb that is 
>starting to look like it is happy and was not able to heal another 
>bulb that was looking very ill when it arrived. The bulb that I have 
>left is currently under a bench to keep it very dry over one of the 
>westest winters we have seen in a long
>   time.
>My plants just do not know what is going on like a lot of the marine 
>life here at them moment. I have many specie hippy and hybrids 
>sending up flower scapes and papilio is flowering all over the 
>garden at the moment which is delightful as they are finally 
>established and giving me the best results that I have ever had with 
>them here. We had a hard sharp cold period at the beginning of 
>winter and them a very mild period with buckets and buckets of rain 
>and growth is happening everywhere right in the middle of of the 
>wrong season.Kind Regards and Best WishesRon ReddingHervey BayAustralia
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