Magazine article Sunset

Plant Them, Then Forget Them ... They Are Crinums

Magazine article Sunset

Plant Them, Then Forget Them ... They Are Crinums

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Spectacular but easy to grow, the lily-like flowers shown here are crinums. Plant them, then forget them: that's about all you need to know about these bulbs, native to South Africa.

In spring and summer, 4- to 6-inch-long blooms resembling amaryllis appear above long, strap-shaped leaves on stems 1-1/2 to 2 feet long.

In mild-winter climates, crinums thrive in the ground in full sun or partial shade. Where winters are cold, either mulch beds heavily in winter or plant bulbs in containers and move them indoors when it freezes.

These big bulbs (6 to 8 inches in diameter with 12-inch necks) are still available in November at some nurseries that have a wide selection of bulbs. Certain nurseries also may offer them in gallon and 5-gallon cans. Or mail-order from bulb specialists, such as Louisiana Nursery, Route 7, Box 43, Opelousas, la. 70570 (catalog $2), or sunsweet Fruit and Bulb Nursery, Box Z, Sumner, Ga. …

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