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Where have my nerines gone?

josusa47josusa47 Posts: 3,532

Our first autumn in this house, we were delighted to find we had nerini bowdenii, as my mum loves them.  Alas, they were a long way from the house, and she can't see very well, so I was going to move them closer to the window where she spends much of the day.  Then I read they don't like being moved, so I bought some and planted them in "Olwen's border". They flowered well the first year, though the colour was disappointingly insipid compared to the vibrant pink of the distant ones.  Last year we had only two small flowers, and this year there is no sign of them.  Is this typical of Nerines?  I haven't grown them before.  I don't mind buying new each year for the pleasure they give the old dear, but first I'd like to know if I'm inadvertently killing them.

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  • plant pauperplant pauper Posts: 6,234

    I discovered, after mine began to suffer, that Nerines like good baking during the Summer and aren't keen on being planted too deep. I've lost one little clump but the others seem to be hanging on.

    I didn't know they don't like to be moved. I got mine from my vet's mum who was splitting a huge area of her's and they flowered well the first year after I transplanted them.

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,367

    I await with interest, I dug up and de-weeded mine in spring, they're flowering well atm 

  • CloggieCloggie Posts: 1,394

    I had some unknown leaves that turned out to be nerines in this garden when I moved in.  For the first two years strappy leaves came up and went down with nothing to identify them.  I thought they were large, blind bluebells or something.

    When I went to dig them out, I saw the massive bulbs and thought they must be something so stuck them in a pot and got flowers on them.  I was delighted.  I've noticed that the leaves come out over summer and then when they die down it throws up the flower stalk.  Mine are flowering just now.

    They like their feet to be crowded as do agapanthus, I read.  They also like full sun.

    Not sure if that helps at all? 

  • josusa47josusa47 Posts: 3,532

    Maybe mine are too shaded, there's a big buddleia near them.  I'll plant the next lot in a pot so I can keep them in the sun.

  • plant pauperplant pauper Posts: 6,234

    "I saw the massive bulbs and thought they must be something"

    HaHa Cloggie. My kind of gardening! OOooo that looks as if it might be something! Did I put that there?

  • CloggieCloggie Posts: 1,394

    I hate it when it's, "Darn that WAS something" when it's on the end of your fork!! 

  • Paul B3Paul B3 Posts: 2,964

    My policy with any of my garden plants is quite simple :- "Grow or Go" !!!

    I had a large clump of Nerines in full sunshine all day ; leaves appeared first (as they do) , then died off in time for flowering in late summer . I never got more than two flowers out of a patch of 50+ bulbs .

    Eventually , after several years of this behaviour and space wasting , I dug the whole b****y lot up and disposed of them to the tip . Can't say I miss them one iota !image

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