Bulbs forum: has anyone planted Ismene Festalis

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Name: tarev
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tarev
Jan 29, 2012 9:29 PM CST
I was at Costco today and could not resist getting these bulbs labeled as Hymenocallis -Ismene Festalis. Just wondering how anyone's experience was regarding this plant. I like the photos I see and have been reading about it now. I will be planting mine in a container and hoping to see mid summer blooms.
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sgardener
Jan 30, 2012 7:29 AM CST
I have several bulbs of Ismene festalis and are growing in pots with fast draining soil mix. I feed them twice a month after they are done blooming. They are super easy to grow and hope you post some pics when they are blooming. Smiling
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SongofJoy
Jan 30, 2012 7:30 AM CST
I grow mine in pots as well and they have done quite well.

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tarev
Jan 30, 2012 9:40 AM CST
So as I read about planting them, some say to plant with the neck showing, I guess like planting an amaryllis, while some says to put about 5 inches below. How did you plant these bulbs? Do I have to wait for spring or can I start it now? Our temperatures are swinging low 60's daytime and low 40's overnight these days, such a mild winter season we are having. The package that it came in shows our area's planting time to be Jan to March, but write-ups say plant in spring...sorry just confused with mixed info.
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SongofJoy
Jan 30, 2012 9:56 AM CST
I planted mine a a few inches below the top of the soil but I don't think it was 5". They were dormant at the time with no growth showing yet. I'd say for your area maybe around the first of March or whenever temps are consistently above 50ยบ.
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jmorth
Jan 31, 2012 2:11 AM CST
I plant them just above soil line.
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Jan 31, 2012 7:33 PM CST
I have the ones below:

Spider Lily (Hymenocallis littoralis)

I planted mine right into the ground & left the neck sticking above. That was zone 10 southern coastal Fl.
And then I never had to do anything to them except water when drought hit & feed whenever I thought about it.
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Name: tarev
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tarev
Feb 1, 2012 4:54 PM CST
Just peeking as to how my new Ismene Festalis bulbs look like:
Got 9 new bulbs:


Close-up:
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Sooo tempted to start digging in...!

Somehow they look like onions but feels hard like a potato Big Grin
Name: Dianne
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soilsandup
Feb 18, 2012 1:01 AM CST
mine's tend to grow really well vegetatively, but have very little blooms. not sure what is causing it. I should probably try splitting it and moving some to another spot.
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tarev
Feb 18, 2012 10:38 PM CST
I still have not started planting these bulbs...so tempted but have decided against it..too finicky high/low temps ...i guess just two to three more weeks of wait... Rolling my eyes.

I tested my noid amaryllis bulbs if they will take the present high/low temps outdoors and they were so miserable..so have put them back indoors, and since I have read somewhere that Ismene Festalis is also amaryllid, for sure it will hate it as well.
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tarev
Apr 5, 2012 6:38 PM CST
So I have planted the Ismene Festalis bulbs last March 5th: 9 bulbs

There are 8 bulbs here, and I have added later a paperwhite bulb by the end of March, after being frustrated in forcing it indoors:
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the 9th Ismene Festalis bulb, went to the container with my Kniphofia sarmentosa, had nowhere else to put it Big Grin

Checking on them today, 05Apr, the 9th bulb is showing active growth in this container:

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The other 8 bulbs are showing some green at their tips, but not as actively growing yet like the 9th bulb. And surprisingly the paperwhite bulb is the one in active growth Rolling my eyes.

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Ah the fun never ceases! Big Grin Rolling my eyes.
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jmorth
Apr 6, 2012 2:34 AM CST
Keep us appraised of progress.
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SongofJoy
Apr 6, 2012 2:51 AM CST
Looking good, tarev. I have a big pot of them that seem to have made it fine through the winter. Of course, here this year we are asking the question, "What winter?".
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Name: tarev
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tarev
May 7, 2012 10:24 AM CST
Just some progress photos of my Ismene Festalis..big set of leaves happily awake on the two containers it is planted in! Really likes getting their morning waterings Big Grin Only three bulbs so far having a slow start.

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Name: Carole
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SongofJoy
May 7, 2012 10:45 AM CST
Mine are up in my pot now too. Hurray!
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tarev
May 7, 2012 10:50 AM CST
Hurray! Tee! I have been inspecting my bulbs everyday...some opportunistic snails having a wanderlust on my other containers..luckily these two containers are so far safe!! Big Grin
Name: Carole
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SongofJoy
May 7, 2012 10:54 AM CST
We are the same zone so they might bloom for both of us at the same time. nodding
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tarev
May 11, 2012 12:31 PM CST
Hurray! Hurray! One of the Ismene Festalis bulbs has a nice flower bud showing!!

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Deebie
May 11, 2012 1:40 PM CST
How cool is that! Thumbs up I have some in the ground that have never bloomed. I read somewhere that, although they go dormant here in zone 8, they don't like the cold. So, I dug up some of the bulbs, which multiplied rapidly, and put them in a paper bag in a closet. In April I planted them in pots instead of in the ground. Here's hoping for some blooms.
Name: Dianne
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soilsandup
May 11, 2012 1:49 PM CST
Deebie - I have problems with my bulbs blooming - the cold is not a problem here - so something else is causing the no blooming. I am almost ready to rip it out since it only sends out 1 or 2 blooms in any given year, but the vegetative growth takes up so much room.

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