Haemanthus Coccineus

Mary Sue Ittner msittner@mcn.org
Sat, 14 Mar 2020 13:19:38 PDT
The Amaryllidacae of South Africa book:


reports great variability in the leaves, from 60 to 700 mm long (2 26/64 
to 27 9/16 inches). The leaves on the plants I've grown from seed have 
behaved very differently. The ones I planted out have hardly grown much 
at all, obviously not really happy although I finally got a small flower 
out of one of them. I have two in large pots sunk in large pots in a 
couple of raised bed with sand-gravel between the pots. I have to pull 
the pots out every year to check for redwood roots making their way into 
the pots (not much chance of water logged pots when you live in the 
redwoods). The plants have grown bigger and bigger every year and have 
flowered for a number of year (if the birds don't get the flower shoots 
which I now protect when they start to appear). The leaves are getting 
bigger and bigger, but not as big yet as Chad's. I went out and measured 
after his post and the biggest one is 16.5 inches (419 mm) and add the 
widest spot 7 inches (177.8 mm). I don't think the flower seems to be 
getting any larger.

Mary Sue

On 3/13/2020 10:58 AM, Chad Cox wrote:
> Hello PBS members,
> I am just curious if anyone has seen or grown an H. Coccineus this large before? The leaves reached 24 inches this year! The flower seems more “normal” size. I’m wondering if I have a unique clone or if this is typical of some varieties?
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