When to Plant Crinum in Garden

J.E. Shields jshields@indy.net
Sat, 05 Jun 2010 11:06:31 PDT
Hi Judy,

Sorry to hear you're all crippled up for now.  Hire a high school kid to do 
the work, like I do; and I don't even have a broken ankle.

I would suggest doing it right now.  Otherwise, divide and pot up the 
offsets when you get a chance then hold till next year at this time.  The 
ground is warm enough now; and bulb growth is starting to take off, so the 
plant is in grow mode.  Don't plant them outdoors in the later half of 
summer, when growth is likely to slow down drastically.

Remember: you want the larger offsets, over 2" in diameter.  Then mulch 
heavily this coming Fall and again the following Fall.

Good luck, and get well quick!
Jim S.

At 01:37 PM 6/5/2010 -0400, you wrote:
>This is really theoretical for me at this point as I broke my right
>ankle a month ago. There's an erector set holding things together, I'm
>in an air cast, can begin weight bearing (with support such as crutches)
>but digging is out of the question. So, looking forward to the future
>when gardening is again possible -
>I have two pots of unnamed crinum. One has pink flowers, the other has
>white flowers. Both make offsets.
>If I want to separate offsets and plant out in the garden would next
>spring be the better option?
>Would you do both operations - separate and plant out - in one day?
>Or would you suggest that I separate later this this summer, pot up
>individually and plant out next spring. The greenhouse is already
>crowded but perhaps they'd "sleep" in the garage.
>On another topic: I have Agapanthus Peter Pan. Modest size, evergreen,
>sits on greenhouse floor in winter with an occasional dribble of water.
>Outdoors when weather moderates, more water, and flowers nicely with sky
>blue flowers. Smaller size makes it more convenient as a potted plant.
>regards from hip hop Judy in zone 6 New Jersey, where the Musa basjoo
>banana outside my current bedroom is growing by leaps and bounds
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