Babiana ringens / was Brunsvigia grandiflora/ Expensive bulbs on eBay

Mark Mazer
Mon, 12 Jan 2009 14:34:55 PST
) but my real 
>pride and joy are the Babiana ringens. The B.ringens are 3 years old but 
>I have no idea of when they will be mature; they are definitely slower 
>than all the other Babiana I have dealt with. Anyone have experience 
>with these?

Hi Paul,
I grow Babiana ringens.  Seed was from Silverhill in 2000 or 2001 and the plants first bloomed in 2007 and set seed in 2008. As there are no sunbirds in the greenhouse, I don't know what the pollinator was.  Seed was sown May 2008, watered in mid-September, and germinated in October.  These plants have the typical pleated, stiff leaves, a glaucus tinge, and are quite attractive out of bloom and superb when flowering.

If I get seed this year, I'd love to exchange some with you.

Mark Mazer
Hertford, North Carolina USA
Zone 7b-8

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