Crinum Season and hardiness... again

J.E. Shields
Fri, 05 Jul 2013 12:16:05 PDT
Hi all,

I am well into my Crinum bulbispermum bloom season here in central 
Indiana.  The plants even grow out in the open field.

I tried C. "Sunbonnet" and C. "Super Ellen" out in the open garden a couple 
years ago.  The 'Sunbonnet" never came up.  The 'Super Ellen" came up and 
bloomed the following year, but is not there this year.  C. 'Ellen 
Bosanquet" did not survive outdoors, no even right up against the south 
wall of my greenhouse.

I agree that C. x-powellii are barely worth growing.  The white powellii 
are marginally better than the pink ones.  C. bulbispermum and especially 
C. variabile are just as hardy if not more so, and look much much better 
than x-powellii when in bloom.  The best for hardy outdoors crinums in my 
climate are the hybrid, Crinum [variabile x bulbispermum].

Jim Shields

Jim Shields             USDA Zone 5
P.O. Box 92              WWW:
Westfield, Indiana 46074, USA
Lat. 40° 02.8' N, Long. 086° 06.6' W

More information about the pbs mailing list