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North Central TX (Zone 8a)
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tx_flower_child
Jan 12, 2018 10:37 PM CST
I have an Crinum 'Ellen Bosanquet' that has been through a lot. I was given a large bulb in around 2013. So that bulb had a number of babies. Gave most of them away. Then a few years ago however many bulbs I still had turned to mush after an extended rain combined with extended neglect by me. I was able to rescue one bulb and have kept it in a very large container. Well, once again it suffered from my neglect and a freeze turned the leaves to mush. (Reminds me of overcooked leeks. Ick.)


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I cut off the leaves and gently pried the bulb out of the container. I figured if it was still alive that I should repot it. Fortunately I do have a lot of very large containers.
I set the bulb on top of some fresh potting soil and spread the roots out in octopus fashion for the sake of the picture. And because I think they were girdling. So that's what you'll see in the next picture. The one after that is trying to look straight down at the 'neck' of the bulb. I wanted to show that there's a little bit of green. Maybe more of a grayish green.



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Of course I know that Crinums like to be in the ground. That's not been a possibility for me so it will need to stay in a pot — if it still has a chance to live. The bulb feels solid, no mush. Plus the roots are large. I felt the need to dig it out of the pot to find out what shape it was in and to dig around to see if there was another bulb in the pot. (There wasn't but I did find some acorns.)

Question 1: Should I give the roots a trim before repotting? If so, about how much or do I need to post another picture?
Question 2: Should I do anything to what's left of the 'neck'? Like maybe cut it a bit?
Question 3: Or — should I just bury the whole bulb, leaving a bit of the top showing? I figure this would be the last step but not sure about questions 1 and 2. Need advice / reassurance.

Thanks for any wisdom y'all can share.
Name: Sally
central Maryland
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sallyg
Jan 13, 2018 7:14 AM CST
I am far from expert with these. I think the ones I have are from babies you sent me a few years ago (TYVM again, they bloomed this year!)
I think I would keep all roots that look healthy.
Maybe trim the neck a little until you see a good green tip. Maybe peel off some brown layers. Hopefully it really issolid inside,andonly lost those leaves.
Let me know if you need a baby back Thumbs up
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North Central TX (Zone 8a)
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tx_flower_child
Jan 13, 2018 11:22 AM CST
That's too funny. I remember sending you something but no idea what I sent. Glad you're getting blooms. Also getting blooms in FL and OKC and in TX across the street from me. Think I posted a picture in our NGA Plants Database but don't know if it was the mother bulb or a baby.

I think I agree with your suggestions. It's what I've been leaning toward but was a little unsure about the neck. I am fairly certain that the bulb is solid. And I'll let you know if I need you to send me a baby.

Thanks!
Name: Sally
central Maryland
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sallyg
Jan 13, 2018 12:05 PM CST
I have two big bulbs now, plus I had given babies to someone
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tx_flower_child
Jan 13, 2018 1:09 PM CST
Nice. I assume that picture wasn't taken recently. Doesn't look like Maryland in winter. So anyway, I'm glad that the one bulb that was given to me from someone who lives in Texas (but further south then where I am) has been so prolific.

I know that there are other Crinum growers here on NGA. Maybe someone will hop in and confirm what we think I should do with my bulb.
Name: Sally
central Maryland
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sallyg
Jan 13, 2018 2:12 PM CST
yes, picture was summertime.The 2 bulbs are wrapped in paper and stored for winter.
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tx_flower_child
Feb 17, 2018 9:59 AM CST
Follow up on this crinum. Leaves are growing and all looks good. Can't take a picture now because it's raining and the crinum is outside. This leads to a question.
Yesterday I took the crinum outside to water it for the first time. Didn't bring it back inside since weather was good and I had planted the crinum in a very large, heavy container. So -- should I make a dash to bring it back inside so it doesn't get too soaked by the rain? The forecast is so unreliable (big surprise). Rain ending. Raining all weekend. How ironic that I should finally decide to water it yesterday.

Any suggestions as to whether to let it be for now or bring it back inside asap?
Name: Kristi
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pod
Jun 17, 2018 7:25 AM CST
tx_flower_child said:

Any suggestions as to whether to let it be for now or bring it back inside asap?


Inquiring minds want to know???

How is your bulb doing? It should be about time for the blooms... no?

This is the time of year my mind turns to Crinums.

Kristi, who is anxiously looking for blooms. Whistling
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