flowering now

Nicholas plummer nickplummer@gmail.com
Mon, 11 Jun 2018 07:11:00 PDT
Hi Ernie,

Greetings from several hundred miles further south.

My Crinum bulbispermum 'Jumbo' bloomed a couple of weeks ago.  Crinum
macowanii (Zambia) and Crinum 'Pat's Herbertia' are both currently working
on their second inflorescence of the season.  Crinum 'Mrs James Hendry' and
Crinum 'Ellen Bosanquet' haven't bloomed yet this year, but I expect
flowers any day now.  Crinum 'Stars and Stripes' is slow this year.  The
growths seem small, so I suspect that the main bulb may have been damaged
or killed by the unusually prolonged freeze last winter.  The leaves that I
see are probably from offsets.

Nick Plummer
North Carolina, Zone 7

On Mon, Jun 11, 2018 at 9:53 AM, Ernie DeMarie via pbs <
pbs@lists.pacificbulbsociety.net> wrote:

> I don't know how I forgot to mention it but the Crinum bulbispermum are in
> full glorious flower right now, some with three stalks coming out from some
> of the seed grown bulbs. They get better every year and sailed through this
> past winter even without protection in most cases.  I do not see
> differences in hardiness between the USA bred ones and ones from S African
> seed (ex Kimberly). The former tend to offset faster with the latter doing
> so slowly or only after some kind of injury when I try and move big ones
> (an ordeal). Other crinums put in the ground and protected also came
> through, including Carolina White, and Amercinum and Super Ellen, but the
> latter was slower to come back this year but is fine now.  Deep planting
> and protection when young seems to help for the C bulbispermum, I dont dare
> not protect the others until I know more or have more.
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