Encouraging reluctant Crinum into growth

bulborum botanicum bulborum@gmail.com
Fri, 03 Sep 2010 22:37:51 PDT
Hello Tom

How long do you have them
and do you know if they are wild collected
flowering size bulbs ??


2010/9/4 Tom Mitchell <tom@evolution-plants.com>

> I have a few flowering sized bulbs of Crinum delagoense from coastal
> southern Mozambique, where they grow in pure sand, often growing and
> blooming well after fires. Summer growers of course. I also have a few young
> seedlings, grown from seed from the same source. Whereas the seedlings are
> doing fine the mature bulbs are sulking and refusing to put up leaves. Any
> suggestions how to encourage them into growth? I thought maybe bottom heat
> on a warm bench (air temperatures rarely rise above 25 degrees C here -
> sorry if you're sweating through a mid west summer)? Or should I give up for
> this season and let the pots get completely dry? If so, would some kind of
> smoke treatment be worth trying? Knowing me I'd burn the greenhouse down
> attempting this, so further tips would be appreciated.
> Tom
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