Ismene amancaes bulbs (norton cuba melly) - pbs Digest, Vol 170, Issue 2

Anders Bo Petersen via pbs
Fri, 17 Mar 2017 02:22:44 PDT
Regarding Ismene amancaes...
I was one of the lucky ones who obtained one of the bulbs from Peter (Rare Plants UK) a couple of years ago.My experience is still very limited. The plant wakes up in June and goes dormant from September. During dormant season I give my it a bit of water now and then (I have been told recently that you also have to do it with the winter form of Paramongaia weberbaueri).As a growing media I use a cactus mixture which it seems to like.Regards Anders B. PetersenCopenhagen, Denmark

    Den 15:07 mandag den 6. marts 2017 skrev norton cuba melly <>:

 Good morning everyone or good evening/night depending where you are:

>About the watering process, I water all of my plant recipients by capilarity, to my experience its more water efficient, it also guides the water more directly to the roots or bulbs, it avoids soil compaction and washing all the nutrients away.

> Regarding amancaes flowering, the flower spike does appear first what is known in botany as hysteranthous, after the first flower opens the leaves grow pretty quickly and since the flower last 3 or 4 days the leave have that time to grow, plus older bulbs produce at least 8 flowers, and not all of them open at the same time, so there is plenty of time for the leaves to come up, if you see the leaves grow first  that means that the bulb wont flower that year. Im not a botanist or a biologist so my answer is according to what I´ve seen in the field. Hope that answers your question.

Best regards


Lima, Peru

From: pbs <> on behalf of Bruce Schroder <>
Sent: Monday, March 6, 2017 3:31 AM
Subject: Re: [pbs] Ismene amancaes bulbs (norton cuba melly) - pbs Digest, Vol 170, Issue 2

>So, in answer to his question, perhaps it is a matter of just replicating
nature by increasing the humidity and watering ever so lightly (misting?)
at the same time of the year that the fogs start rolling in off the Pacific
>One thing that does intrigue me about the cycle of this species though is
that it is reported that in its natural habitat it sends up its flower
spike and flower before the leaves appear yet every habitat photo I have
seen (including Norton's 2 misty shots posted on the PBS wiki) show the
plants in peak flowering whilst in full leaf.  Perhaps you could elaborate
on this Norton?

Bruce Schroder
Melbourne, Australia
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