Boophone planting

Kipp McMichael kimcmich@hotmail.com
Sat, 02 Apr 2016 21:10:08 PDT
I have multiple assessions of B. disticha - some grow in summer and some in winter - and one is nearly evergreen. B. haemanthoides is a strict winter grower for me as are all Brunsvigia bosmaniae & josephinae.
All of this applies to mature, flowering-size specimens. As seedlings in their first year or 2, these plants will happily keep their leaves year-round if given water. As they mature, the bulbs develop their own seasonal preference and will start going dormant even if they still get water.
For best results, I'd wait to plant your seedlings in the ground until they are 3 years old or so (and grow them in at least gallon size pots until then). Although a certain traditional wisdom is to transplant when dormant, I find the bulbs do quite well when transplanted in leaf, too. I would plant the B. disticha now as they will likely be summer growers. I would wait until October or November to plant the others...-|<ipp

> To: pbs@lists.ibiblio.org
> From: fosterjp@cox.net
> Date: Sat, 2 Apr 2016 13:43:20 -0700
> Subject: [pbs] Boophone planting
> 
> I live in Santa Barbara and have several seedlings of B. disticha, 
> Brunsvigia josephinae and Brunsvigia bosmaniae in pots but I want to 
> install them in my garden.  I know each has it own season but I would 
> appreciate some tips as to when is a good time to move them. The little 
> distichas are still in leaf as are the josephinae, the bosmaniae are 
> rapidly going dormant.
> Any thoughts?
> Jim
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