Drimia maritima

arnold140@verizon.net arnold140@verizon.net
Sun, 05 Jun 2016 10:11:39 PDT

I can give a corollary

I grow some Ledebourias and they seem to flourish in the summer greenhouse where it gets to 110 on a sunny day.  There is plenty of air flow through open ridge vents and windows on the front side of the greenhouse, a fan runs 24/7.  I wet it down once or twice a day when I'm home.  I have to water onc or twice a day.  They grown in 6 inch plastic pots.

I'd be careful you don't par boil the thing.

The plants have done very well.  

See here:

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On 06/05/16, James Waddick wrote:

Dear Friends, 

 I am not known for easy or sane projects, but I hope I can some help on HOW EXTREME I can go with Drimia maritime here in Kansas City Zone 5/6.

 Last fall I was given a huge bulb in leaf that I ketp in full leaf over the winter in my frost free greenhouse. Once the temps warmed I brought it out into full sun and it looked very happy - rich green firm foliage.
 Now the foliage is almost totally dried and brown. I have read that it shoiuld get NO RAIN and HIT DRY Summers.

 I have put a transparent bell jar over the entire bulb and pot . There is a tiny vent opening near the top of the bell jar. Almost no rain can get in, but I noticed there is some condensation inside on dewy morning. 

 The temps are going toward daily highs of 80 to 90 as summer approaches. I assume the temp in the bell jar can get quite HOT. I do not plan on any water until I see some sign of growth-later.

 I haven’t measured the heat in the bell jar, but I am sure it is already over 100 F.

 So How hot is TOO HOT ? Appreciate any thoughts from those who actually grow and bloom this beast. Best jim W.

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

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