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Hardy to zone 7 our grandmothers garden were not complete without these passalong plants. Imported from the tropics in the early to mid 1800's these enormous bulbs - up to 5 pounds each, 12 inches high and up to 6 inches around for a mature specimen - are about the most carefree plants around. Plant in full sun and forget. The favorite variety was one called milk and wine - white blooms with a red stripe.
i have 1 milk & wine, but i have quite of few of "gulf pride". the flower is similiar to m & w, but the foliage is darker and glossy and the red stripe is a faint pink. ( i was unable to find any info on the web so i sent 1 to seedman? and he id'd it for me.
i would love to have the pink ones but have been unable to locate any.
they are the most carefree bulb ive ever had..i dug some out there were larger than grapefruits. they are amazing
Hey! If I remember right the famous JustMeLIsa sent me one last year...I still have it planted in a pot in the g-house (and it's Milk and Wine). I was hoping to keep it potted up all summer. Any idea how big a pot I should put it in? (It is leafing out very nicely now.)
vols,I'm right in the middle of a small microclimate.If you look at the detailed USDA map...not the one that is usually printed...we've got a 7a rating right around us for about 40 miles. Odd ,huh?
There is a very detailed map that good nurseries have posted,but I've never seen it anywhere else.Lots of pockets with their microclimates are on this really great map.Maybe we can find one somewhere and post it.
Take me. I'm in 6B, officially. But we're down in a holler, which has it's own effects. Net result: My property _never_ agrees with what the weather people say.
Of course, we tend to overplay the importance of the USDA zones, anyway. I mean does it tell us anything meaningful when New England, the middle Atlantic, the mid south, deep south, southwest, and California are all the same zone?
Connecticut and Kentucky are basically the same zone. Yet we are harvesting stuff about the same time they're putting it in the ground.
Wish there was a national map that was based on weather conditions, rather than just on frost dates.
Brook there is a new zone map put out by the American Horticultural Society having to do with heat during the year. It divides the US into areas where summer temps are similiar. It is showing the number of days above 86 degrees in each area. Evidently 86 degrees is the temp that begins to stress plants. So if you have the plants rated as to how much heat they can handle and how much cold they can also handle - will make planting a lot less hit or miss.
Thanks, Plantman, but as it turns out I'd found it earlier.
I'm not sure it serves much purpose, yet. Very few plants of any kind have been rated. And there are so many disclaimers surrounding those 86 degree days figures as to almost make them meaningless.
What's really needed is a zone map for every state similar to the one Sunset produces for the western states. It takes all the variables AHS uses as disclaimers and combines them into a more meaningful grow chart.
plantman I have crinums but can't remember for sure if stripe is pink or red, very old bulbs I have been moving with me for years because they were my grandmothers. I am working on identifing plants will get picture of bloom this year and post.