How To Grow Crinum

Those who can winter these striking bulbous plants in a greenhouse or frost-proof room will find them delightful subjects for tubs arranged round a small courtyard or at the entrance to a house.

When once established, the plants do not like disturbance, though they should be given a top dressing of peat every year in early spring During summer they must never be allowed to suffer from lack of moisture. In favourable districts there are several species which may be grown entirely in the open beneath a wall and provided the plants are covered with litter, by way of straw or leaves or wood wool during early October, they should come through an average winter unharmed.

The bulbs produce their umbels of funnel-shaped blooms, like Regale lilies, during late summer, on sturdy stems 2 ft. tall. In tubs, or pots for the cold greenhouse, the bulbs should be planted in April, into a compost composed of any good quality loam to which is added a little rotted manure, Crinumpreferably cow manure, some peat and some grit to ensure good drainage. It is also necessary to place crocks in the tubs over holes which should have been drilled in the bottom. The bulbs should be buried 2 in. below the surface of the compost, but when planting outdoors this should be increased to 4 in.

Propagation is by offsets which are removed only when the bulbs are disturbed, divided and planted into fresh compost once every four years.

SPECIES

  • Crinum Krelagi. This is a beautiful flower produced on 3-ft. Stems. The colour is deep rose pink and the plants will grow well outside.
  • C. Moorei. This species has been grown in English gardens for at least a hundred years, bearing its rid – pink bloom during September. It is suitable for a sheltered garden, or for a cold greenhouse. The variety Moorei album is especially beautiful. The bulbs of this species are expensive but will bloom for years if protected during winter.
  • C. Powelli. This is possibly the loveliest of all the Crinums, bearing its blooms on 2-ft. Stems and they are of an exquisite shade of rich pink. It is also one of the hardiest of all the species. A lovely variety, Powelli album, which produces pure white flowers is also of easy culture.

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