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Shreveport, LA (Zone 8b)
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bkrell
Nov 27, 2017 9:14 AM CST
So, I've been pondering buying crinum for a long time but didn't really find anything I liked until I discovered the sales on eBay. Now it's the end of November and I have a lot, both from eBay and some of my mother's that needed transplanting. I've put some in the ground already but one seller told me she wouldn't plant them until Spring. I was under the impression crinum were pretty indestructible, especially for a zone 8b gardener like me. So, if I DO delay until spring, do I just store them in a cool dry place like other bulbs? I have about 20, bulbs, small to jumbo, lol.
Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
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Philipwonel
Nov 27, 2017 9:36 AM CST
Howdy !!! I tip my hat to you.
Sorry 😟 ??? I cheeted. I goggled them. There perennials, love love lots of water, and are a southern favorite.
Your a southerner, aren't ya ? Rolling on the floor laughing
I say , I think right now would be best time. You would get earlier blooms. 👍👍👍🙊
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Shreveport, LA (Zone 8b)
Bulbs Region: Louisiana
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bkrell
Nov 27, 2017 10:36 AM CST
Lol, yep! Thanks! I just don't know, though. They're tropical/subtropical plants. Maybe they need to get their roots established before they can handle a winter or something?
Name: stone
near Macon Georgia (USA) (Zone 8a)
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stone
Nov 27, 2017 12:23 PM CST
bkrell said:So, I've been pondering buying crinum for a long time but didn't really find anything I liked until I discovered the sales on eBay. Now it's the end of November and I have a lot, both from eBay and some of my mother's that needed transplanting. I've put some in the ground already but one seller told me she wouldn't plant them until Spring. I was under the impression crinum were pretty indestructible, especially for a zone 8b gardener like me. So, if I DO delay until spring, do I just store them in a cool dry place like other bulbs? I have about 20, bulbs, small to jumbo, lol.


At my house, as well as other local gardens, crinums live outdoors year-round.
Unfortunately, freezing temps burn back the leaves... so... if you are purchasing potted plants.... you might try protecting some of them... until spring. You might even see winter bloom!

If I was purchasing these bulbs in the winter.... Id plant them... if I had the space ready to receive. Otherwise... I can't imagine that keeping the dormant bulbs with the other (summer) bulbs would do any harm... But... I've never actually tried keeping them out of the ground for any length of time.

bkrell said:They're tropical/subtropical plants. Maybe they need to get their roots established before they can handle a winter or something?

The ground doesn't freeze to any depth here...
The bulbs should continue growing roots through the winter, just the same as any shrubs and trees that we plant at this time... so... like planting trees and shrubs... in theory, the winter grown roots actually may give the plant an advantage in better bloom next year....
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Shreveport, LA (Zone 8b)
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bkrell
Nov 27, 2017 3:20 PM CST
Yeah, that was my thought, too. I was just worried b/c I checked a nearby bulb seller and they, too, said to plant in Spring or Fall. But heck, if this winter is anything like the last couple, I wouldn't think it would be any trouble either way.
Shreveport, LA (Zone 8b)
Bulbs Region: Louisiana
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bkrell
Feb 22, 2018 6:59 PM CST
FWIW, I went ahead and planted them and they are all sprouting. Now you know!
Name: Sally
central Maryland
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sallyg
Feb 22, 2018 8:53 PM CST
Great! I would think there's no stopping them now.
I have a couple that I got as little babies from another gardener here, and have dug them every winter, since I am up here and not sure if they'd live. So they do store just fine also.
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