Crinum - 'Super Ellen'

James Waddick
Thu, 16 Jul 2015 12:34:19 PDT
Dear Ernie,

	You ask if there are more cold tolerant Crinum. It is a LONG list and your climate is milder than here so the list is even longer there. 

	I stay away from any with a zone 8/9/10 listing, but Zone 6/7 plants are usually hardy here, but planted deep. My first Crinum x powellii was planted deep and when I finally HAD to dig it up, it was about 16 in to the base of the clump and others can get even somewhat (18  in) deep and do fine. Don’t be afraid to plant a bulb deep to avoid the hardest frosts.

	There’s a number of named x powellii that are better than the typical you see in garden centers with skinny twisted petals.  Some of the C. scabrum (milk and wine lilies) could be hardy there too. I like the old ‘Catherine’. Pure white and vigorous. 'Cecil Houdeyshel’ is a good x powellii. 

	I hate to push any commercial source in particular, but I am very happy with Jenks Farmers offering. Good person, large bulbs and easy to deal with. He will tell you about hardiness in your area. 

	Of course Marcell’s Crinum ( M Sheppard) has been good too, but they seem to have a web problem???

	I am constantly wishing for a variegated Crinum asiaticum for my greenhouse, but then keep telling myself it gets GINORMOUS and refrain. If you have lots of room.

	If your room is limited I’d stay with your current list of ‘Super Ellen’ and xpowellii Album.			Best		Jim

> On Jul 16, 2015, at 7:08 AM, Ernie DeMarie via pbs <> wrote:
> Hi Jim,
> It may take a year or two for my Super Ellen to get to blooming size, but I am definitely excited about its potential.  Are there other hybrids/species you have found to be very cold tolerant in your experience that I should be looking for? No one up here is growing crinums, at least that I know of.
> Ernie
> Briarcliff Manor NY Z7ish/6

James Waddick
8871 NW Brostrom Rd
Kansas City, MO 64152-2711
Phone     816-746-1949

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