Boophone haemanthoides 3.5 years growth

Tue, 04 Jan 2011 12:49:47 PST
Thanks for the feedback, Angelo !
I was afraid they would take longer to bloom :-( ... but I'll still keep my fingers crossed.  My B.disticha, like yours, have also bloomed in less time ... one in as little as 4 years!
Paul ... these were all seed grown outdoors here in coastal San Diego.  Although I am less than a mile from Mission Bay and less than 3 miles to the ocean as the crows I detest fly ... I am in a canyon which does ocassionally get quite chilly ... in the 30s F ... due to cold air sinking off the mesas and emptying out through my canyon's West facing opening.  
Ken Blackford
San Diego
 --- On Tue, 1/4/11, <> wrote:

Ken, this species seems to grow rather fast, but it's very slow to reach flowering size. I have two pretty big plants in the ground from at least 6 years, planted just the size of your plants and never flowered so far, although the fan of leaves is impressive, as well the bulb neck. Boophone disticha 'Port Elizabeth' form of same age have flowered since two years ago and are much smaller plants. Both have coped -3°C several times in these years, with even a light snowfall, totally unscatted.

Angelo Porcelli
Apulia - Southern Italy

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