The Q&A Archives: Wintering Over Crinum Bulbs

Question: I was given a large crinum bulb (softball-size) in the spring, and it's been growing in a pot outdoors since then. It's made leaves, but no flower yet. How do I care for this bulb over the winter? Is it the type of thing that can be tucked in a corner in the garage, or is it OK outdoors?

Answer: For the record, it is not unusual for a crinum to take a year or so to re-establish itself and settle in before blooming, even when the bulb is definitely large enough to be "blooming size." Crinums as a whole are grown in the south into zones as warm as 11, so it will definitely not survive in the ground in Rochester. Some of these bulbs are grown as far north as zone 7, others only to zone 8, so I think a relatively moderate spot might be better. Growing this as a potted bulb may be a bit of an experiment, but it might work if you garage stays cool yet above freezing at all times so the plant rests until you can take it back outdoors again. Good luck with your project!

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