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Name: Joanna
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joannakat
Dec 24, 2017 10:22 PM CST
Does anyone have experience growing this beautiful plant indoors in a colder zone? I'm in love with it and am in zone 5b. Its normal range is from 9a to 11.

Royal Paint Brush (Haemanthus albiflos)
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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Dec 25, 2017 1:41 AM CST
i've had a pot of these for more than 40 years and have never lived where they can grow outside. They aren't difficult to grow. They like shade. I water on the same schedule as my succulents (because its sitting below a Rhipsalis and doesn't have its own waterer). So more water in summer and less often in winter. Mine blooms in late fall.
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Dec 25, 2017 2:09 AM CST
Yes they grow well as houseplants here in the UK.
Name: Joanna
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joannakat
Dec 25, 2017 11:25 AM CST
Would you grow them from a bulb, or buy them already going strong in a pot? Obviously, the latter would work, but I think I'd like to raise one for a bulb. Just not sure it would work indoors or what I would need to do to make it work!
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pod
Dec 25, 2017 11:42 AM CST
I would (and did) start with bulbs. Although mine stays in the greenhouse overwinter with temps from the mid 40s to warm, I do move it outdoors in summer. I also treat it like the succulents on the watering. For here, the blooms can be around Dec, Jan, Feb.
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Name: Joanna
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joannakat
Dec 25, 2017 12:07 PM CST
pod said:I would (and did) start with bulbs. Although mine stays in the greenhouse overwinter with temps from the mid 40s to warm, I do move it outdoors in summer. I also treat it like the succulents on the watering. For here, the blooms can be around Dec, Jan, Feb.


Thank you! I swore, I really swore that wouldn't buy any more plants. But I really, really want to try this one! It's just one more bulb, right?
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Name: Joanna
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joannakat
Dec 25, 2017 2:52 PM CST
Okay, now that I want to buy a bulb or two, I can't seem to find any sellers online! I'm searching and keep getting light bulbs and paintbrushes!

Recommendations please?
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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Dec 25, 2017 3:59 PM CST
Here's a nursery:

https://www.pinemountainnurser...

and another

http://telosrarebulbs.com/haem...

Seems like there are quite a few places that have them for sale. Don't put in bulb because they really aren't - leaves and bulbs are all sort of the same unit.

I would offer you one but I broke mine up and gave away all the bulbs a couple months ago. I only saved a couple because they grow so fast.
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Name: Joanna
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joannakat
Dec 25, 2017 4:10 PM CST
DaisyI said:Here's a nursery:

https://www.pinemountainnurser...

and another

http://telosrarebulbs.com/haem...

Seems like there are quite a few places that have them for sale. Don't put in bulb because they really aren't - leaves and bulbs are all sort of the same unit.

I would offer you one but I broke mine up and gave away all the bulbs a couple months ago. I only saved a couple because they grow so fast.


Thank you very much!
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Name: Joanna
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joannakat
Dec 25, 2017 4:33 PM CST
@DaisyI, these say white paintbrush lily and they don't have the royal paintbrush lily. Are they the same plant?
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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Dec 25, 2017 4:47 PM CST
Yes, common names for Haemanthus albiflos
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Name: Kristi
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pod
Dec 25, 2017 5:16 PM CST
Mine had come from ebay a few years ago. There are still some listed on there.

I had just divided mine earlier this summer and sent some to a friend in Oregon otherwise I would gladly share.
Be content moving inch by inch because, by days end, the inches, will add up to feet and yards.

Fulfilling ambitious objectives is usually done one step at a time.
Name: Joanna
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joannakat
Dec 25, 2017 5:33 PM CST
pod said:Mine had come from ebay a few years ago. There are still some listed on there.

I had just divided mine earlier this summer and sent some to a friend in Oregon otherwise I would gladly share.


Thank you anyway Kristie. I'll definitely check ebay.
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