Bulbs forum: Who's growing sprekelia aka Aztec lily?

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Name: Betsy
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piksihk
Aug 25, 2012 10:24 AM CST
Tell me your experience with these. I have a couple of bulbs for years and no blooms yet!

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Name: Deborah Pryor
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Deebie
Aug 25, 2012 12:39 PM CST
Funny you should ask. I had some bulbs in the ground that bloomed 2 years ago and not since then. I just dug them up and put them in pots. They are multiplying, but no blooms. Maybe we should ask on the hippeastrum forum. Sprekelia is in that family.
Name: Brian
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bearsearch
Aug 25, 2012 1:11 PM CST
I've managed to get a few blooms on mine but not many. They like to be cool and dry in the winter, then when growth resumes increase the watering and some fertilizer but still let them dry between waterings.
Name: Deborah Pryor
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Deebie
Aug 25, 2012 1:31 PM CST
That sounds like I need to keep them in a pot. Our winters are not dry, so I'll have to keep it in the garage. That's how I treat my clivias and scadouxus. Now, do they die down when they are dormant?
Name: Brian
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bearsearch
Aug 25, 2012 7:50 PM CST
Yes they do. So far mine have put up leaves before the flowers but I'm not sure if that's the norm or a quirk of my particular plants. I keep mine dry in a cool (50 deg.) sunporch over winter and don't water till they start to show new growth.
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Deebie
Aug 26, 2012 3:51 PM CST
Thanks for the info, Brian. I'll probably overwinter mine in the garage with my clivias and other tropicals.
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jmorth
Aug 26, 2012 4:56 PM CST
I've had success off and on over the past decade with Aztecs. The first season they were magnificent and multiplied rapidly, then for a few years no blooms but grown anyway. I'd about given up on them in 2011, when, to my delight, one day in early June, I went into the basement and to my utter amazement the buds had broken the surface of this large container and were blooming away. This year (same container), just green. Perhaps next spring.
My bulbs are stored in their container, dry, over winter in the basement.Thumb of 2012-08-26/jmorth/a337b2 Usually the bloom precedes the foliage.
A pot full - Thumb of 2012-08-26/jmorth/dd7dd5 Thumb of 2012-08-26/jmorth/81c0f8 Thumb of 2012-08-26/jmorth/5308b8
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Name: Deborah Pryor
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Deebie
Aug 27, 2012 6:11 AM CST
Thanks, JMorth. I tip my hat to you. That convinces me that I'm doing the right thing by potting them up and to expect erratic blooming.
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piksihk
Aug 27, 2012 1:53 PM CST
Thanks everyone for your input. I've tried in the ground and in pot but neither have worked Angry
So, JMorth, yours have been in their pots for how many years? I read that they don't like beening disturbed.
I will have to dig the ones up and put into a pot. I've had these since 2001. Do you use fertilizer?
Do you water a little during winter? Our winters aren't very cold so maybe not enough cold for them?
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jmorth
Aug 28, 2012 9:11 PM CST
I believe the Aztec is hardy in your zone, listed so in Z 8 -10; it's originally from Mexico and Guatemala. Bloom best when crowded, need excellent drainage and good moisture when growing, When dormant they need very dry conditions . Root disturbance is detrimental to blooming. One source notes they don't bloom every year, siting as an example that in a clump of a dozen, only 2 or 2 might bloom. Mine have resided in pots, containers now several year's running. Last year and the year before they bloomed, this year naught. When they do bloom, they're quite impressive though rather transitory in duration. Fertilizer use has been problematical. They sometimes get a shot of general water mixed Miracle Grow in the summer. No water over winter, stored in their pots dry overwinter in the basement where temp is usually 55 to 65°.
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gwhizz
Sep 3, 2012 4:26 AM CST
I keep 'Sprekels Lily' in a plastic 1/2 44 gallon drum.,I inherited them 2 yrs ago, dug them up and planted them here,.,I guarentee there will be flowers this year[,December] as there have been none since the transplant..Massive blooms there Jack..what are you feeding them , Vegemite?
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