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Rachel's Journal

Rachel's Journal

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Velthemia

27 April 2010 10:39:33
Velthemia bracteata

Velthemia bracteata

Just thought I'd give a little update on how the bulbs I bought from South Africa are coming along.

Haemanthus humilis and montanus are growing well, as are Nerines filifolia and bodenii. No sign of the Brunsviglia or the 3 other Haemanthus. Two of these Haemanthus are winter flowering so maybe they aren't supposed to grow yet.

The nicest surprise is the pretty foliage from Velthemia bracteata. It is the wavy-leaved one on the right of the photo.

11:14 am

The tree Haemanthus do have roots, just no top growth yet. I took them out of their pots as I was suspicious that the 3 that hadn't grown were in the smallest clay pots. I have now re-potted them in bigger pots.


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Lìga Lìga 27 April 2010 11:34:53

Veltheimia bracteata,(,i was looking for it,),with colour do you have,pink?I know now,that i wont bay any bulb,why grow in winter,and go "for sleep"in summer,i don't have place for them.

  Can't wait when see you all beautys in flower!Good luck with them!


HeadGardener HeadGardener 27 April 2010 14:34:18

I did'nt realise you got bulbs from south africa Rachel (must be the mind going) they look great, have any of you Himalayan plants shown since you planted them ?


Rachel Rachel 27 April 2010 16:09:49

I'm not sure what colour it is, Liga. I'll have to wait and see. I think it's great to have stuff in flower in the winter when it can be so depressing.

Yep, Bill, got them last autumn. No sign of any Himalayan growth yet but it really is early days.


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