Growing nerines

Peter Taggart
Mon, 03 Oct 2011 12:34:47 PDT
I grow bulbs in both clay and plastic pots, Including about ten Nerine
species. (One Nerine I don't have is N sarniensis).
Plastic pots don't dry out so quickly and need a more open mix to allow air
into the compost. Clay pots are more forgiving of over watering but need to
be plunged to give stable moisture and air levels in the compost. Plunging
plastic pots also stabilises the temperature in the pots and the plunge acts
as a capilliary mat to stabilise moisture in plastic too. Clay pots benefit
from a more moisture retentive compost. With small pots I too have found
that a lot of south African bulbs do better in plastic, but I believe this
is due to not having a suitable plunge arranged for them in clay pots.
Did you modify the compost or the way the pots were managed Nick?
Peter (UK)

On Mon, Oct 3, 2011 at 7:52 PM, Nick de Rothschild <>wrote:

> We frequently make a comparison between bulbs grown in clay pots and
> bulbs grown in plastic pots and can now make a definitive statement
> Nick de Rothschild

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