A Tale of Two Amarcrinums

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Fri, 25 Jun 2010 15:51:17 PDT
I have Amarcrinum in zone 7a outside and provide no additional treatment. They typically bloom from late summer till first frost and I have two different ones with one being a little darker pink. In zone 5 if you grow them in a raised bed with bulb about 10" under and after first frost cover top of plant with a 12"X12" piece of builders wrap (lets air transfer and just a little bit of water get through) and then add about four inches of mulch on top they should do well.Dry soil is a good insulator and wet soil is a very poor insulator. It is the trapped air that keeps bulb from freezing.

George Dees
Liberty, NC
Zone 7a

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From: Fred Biasella <fbiasella@watertownsavings.com>
To: Pacific Bulb Society <pbs@lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Fri, Jun 25, 2010 12:53 pm
Subject: [pbs] A Tale of Two Amarcrinums

Hi Jim,
I purchased 3 bulbs of xAmarcrinum "Summer Maid" from White Flower Farm many 
any years ago and the bulbs have multiplied very well, but I have not tried to 
lant them outdoors yet. I have mine planted in a large and VERY HEAVY!!!! pot 
hat I lug outdoors in the spring. Mine bloom very reliably around the end of 
ugust into September give or take a week or two and their blooming cycle seem 
o be affected by the amount of water, day length and cooler weather. 
This particular cv. has very pretty, numerous and fragrant pink blossoms that 
re well shaped and even, very unlike some of the others I've tried which have 
ather misshapen and un-even blooms. I too may try to plant (test) a bulb or two 
n a protected spot this winter...stay tuned. Given the parentage, I think 
hey'll do fine especially if they're planted deeply and in a sunny spot.
Good Luck,
red Biasella
ambridge (Boston) MA 
SDA Zone 6b

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ehalf Of James Waddick
ent: Friday, June 25, 2010 11:39 AM
o: Pacific Bulb Society
ubject: [pbs] A Tale of Two Amarcrinums
Dear Friends,
   A few years ago, a generous PBS member sent me a bulb of 
Amarcrinum. It has grown well and expanded in its nursery pot, but I 
ave not yet been brave enough to try it in the ground. I'd sure 
ppreciate any experience with hardiness of this hybrid outdoors in 
one 5/6.
   Ths fall, I'll pot up one of the suckers and winter it in the 
reen house along with its parent, but plant the 'pup' outdoors next 
pring. Still no bloom.
    Two years ago I saw bulbs of xAmarcrinum at a local garden 
enter. You know those things hanging on the wall in plastic bags 
rom some anonymous Dutch wholesaler?  Since my original had not 
loomed, I bought a second for a different test subject. This bulb 
lso went into a similar size and shape pot and had produced 2 pups 
efore the end of the first season. It has continued to grow more 
igorously than  my first specimen. I was suspicious.
    Now it has sent up a flower spike and my fears were confirmed 
 C. x powellii and a not very good one at that.
    Crinum x powellii is a good hardy Crinum for me, but I not 
eed more. I plan to donate some to the BX later this year.
    When should xAmarcrinum actually bloom and will it even do so 
n a large nursery pot? Together with hardiness comments, maybe I 
hould just give up on this all together.
    I need encouragement or dis -....
    The best of times, the worst of times........... 
   Best    Jim W.
r. James W. Waddick
871 NW Brostrom Rd.
ansas City Missouri 64152-2711
h.    816-746-1949
one 5 Record low -23F
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