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will winter potted crinums ever bloom in zone 5

Posted by cheerpeople 5a (My Page) on
Thu, Sep 15, 11 at 8:24

Just wondering if any of you have had them bloom at all in a colder zone, how cold your zone, and if they then rebloomed year after year, or only the first year they arrived.
I've been waiting years for the small bulbs to grow, which they have. Not the necessary 2 1/2 inches across yet tho.

If they can never bloom here, I'm probably not going to continue to bring them in. I am getting tired of all the lugging of these tropicals.

thx for your help.

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RE: will winter potted crinums ever bloom in zone 5

I have had many, many Crinum bloom in pots here in zone 6 outside of Pittsburgh without problem. This goes for the few hybrids I got in trade many years ago and also many of my rarer species from South Africa, Madagascar and India. The easiest species to grow and bloom every single year is C. amoenum from India for me, but others bloom almost as reliably. Best of luck :o) Dan

RE: will winter potted crinums ever bloom in zone 5

I've had C. bulbispermum & variabile flower for me in pots every year. 5 gallon pots & lots of water & fertilizer. Winter them indoors (in their pots) in a dry cool spot.
I've also the same two species outside and overwinter them with 6" of straw and as much snow as I can shovel from the driveway....they've both bloomed as well.

RE: will winter potted crinums ever bloom in zone 5

I have permanently in-ground crinums here in metro Detroit, they've been there close to 15 years now, large clumps that bloom well each year. I just dump about a foot of leaves on them in the fall after cutting the frosted foliage to the ground.

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