Amaryllis belladonna and Crinum bulbispermum

Wed, 15 Jul 2015 14:26:01 PDT
>Crinum bulbispermum, however, is doing great in various unprotected spots in my home gardens, one plant of the "Jumbo" strain flowered very late last year, this year it threw three stalks, but none of the >other plants (about 4 more Jumbos and maybe 20 or more from South African seed) are blooming yet, but all survived the winter in great shape without special protection other than planting the bulbs >reasonably deep.  I would not be surprised if some of them throw a flower stalk later on this year, they appear to be big enough by now.  I am growing seed of other strains, including some from down south >which could have hybrid blood in them, to see how they will fare, at least one pot full of seedlings is probably big enough to put into the ground, I'll provide some mulch for their first winter in case we get >another horrible winter.  
Both Crinum bulbispermum and C. x powellii are perfectly hardy in Denver. It never rains in the winter here.  
(One of the main reasons why I like bulbs so much is that they sensibly hide underground for most of the year.)
Bob Nold
Denver, Colorado USA
The damage to woody plants from the November blast, 17C one day, –25C two days later, was such that many will not recover.  
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