Crinum in containers (was C. bulbispermum....)

J.E. Shields
Fri, 09 Aug 2013 05:30:17 PDT
It is definitely possible to get Crinums to flower in containers, but it 
may not be easy.  In Leo's case, I am guessing that in Phoenix, Arizona, 
you just cannot keep them with enough water to meet their growing needs.

Small Crinum grow and bloom in 1- or 2-gallon pots.  Some, such as 
carlo-schmidtii, seem to need extra water to bloom.  C. walteri and C. 
razafindratsiraea will bloom in 1-gal. and 2-gal pots respectively.  I grow 
other crinums in 5-gallon and a few in 7-gallon pots.  Some bloom, some do not.

You need regular watering in the big pots.  I use drip lines to each pot, 
with the 5-gal and 7-gal getting at least 2 drip-lines per pot.

You also have to feed rather heavily.  Neglect the feeding and the next 
year you may not see any flowers.

Jim Shields

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