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JellyfireJellyfire Posts: 1,139
edited April 2022 in Plants
I bought 2 bulbs about 5 years ago from a plant fair and can’t for the life of me remember what they are. They are very large (about 6 inches tall), and I initially planted them with the top half out of the soil (like a nerine), which I assume is what I was told at the time.They produce plenty of big strappy leaves, and have produced offshoots so I now have a few of them.

The problem is they have never flowered, so I obviously am doing something wrong. I’ve tried moving them to various locations, even in the bog garden, and they all seem quite happy producing leaves in spring and summer, but then nothing. 

I think they were autumn flowering and the growth reaches about half a metre or more by august. 

Any ideas what they might be so I can work out what I’m doing wrong?


  • punkdocpunkdoc Posts: 14,364
    Look a bit like Crinum to me.
    How can you lie there and think of England
    When you don't even know who's in the team

    S.Yorkshire/Derbyshire border
  • AnniDAnniD Posts: 11,945
    I tried a bit of Googling being at a bit of a loose end, and came up with Albuca. Never heard of it before and l fully expect to be proved wrong. I'm sure someone will know what it is though.

    Apparently there are many different varieties. 
  • JellyfireJellyfire Posts: 1,139
    thanks, that doesn't ring any bells although it looks a possibility.

    From what I can see though they seem to have leaves coming out all round the bulb, whereas this has them coming out in more of a flat fan shape so I think its more of a maybe than a yes at the moment
  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 34,569
    agree with @punkdoc
    Crinum powellii
  • JellyfireJellyfire Posts: 1,139
    Ah thank you, I missed that comment @punkdoc, and @Hostafan1. That is the one, I remember it now!
  • JellyfireJellyfire Posts: 1,139
    So they need 'moist but well drained, not waterlogged'. Sounds easy... 

    Anyone had any success with them and offer any advice?
  • bertrand-mabelbertrand-mabel Posts: 2,531
    Our Crinum stayed leafy for years with no flowers. It bulked up and then about 7 years delighted us with some fabulous white flowers. It has continued to produce more flower spikes each year.
    It is in a sheltered spot and needs lots of space.
    Beautiful flowers.
  • JellyfireJellyfire Posts: 1,139
    7 years! Wow, I'll try leaving it where it is then, one of them has been in the same spot for about 3 or 4 years so hopefully will get there eventually! Didn't realise they were such a long term commitment!
  • Lizzie27Lizzie27 Posts: 11,665
    Try feeding it @Jellyfire and see if it prods it in to producing flowers. Tomato food would probably do.
    North East Somerset - Clay soil over limestone
  • Papi JoPapi Jo Posts: 3,994
    edited April 2022
    Crinum Powelli. I have 2 specimens in the garden, took them a good half a dozen years before they decided to flower. Well worth the wait!

    You are invited to a virtual visit of my garden (in English or in French).
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