Crinum Powellii

floraliesfloralies Posts: 144

Hi everyone! This is my first posting and i'm sure you will all know the answer to my question.

I planted a crinum powellii about five years ago and it has never flowered. It produces plenty of leaves and new bulbs, will it ever flower?

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  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,255

    It likes a good baking in the summer with nothing shading it. It likes to be crowded so don't separate the bulbs. Last year was poor for mine, not a lot of baking in the last couple of years. If it's producing plenty of leaves it must be healthy. 

    Says on your profile heavy clay soil. That won't be to its taste at all. 

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,255

    Hello floralies and welcome. How rude of me not to say that first

  • Matty2Matty2 Posts: 4,820

    Hi there.

    Mine flowered for the first time last year. Needs to be replanted somewhere else though. Is bursting out of the pot - oh it's about 4 years old

  • floraliesfloralies Posts: 144

    Forgot to say I live in South West France, have added loads of organic stuff to soil to improve drainage and summers are usually hot so this plant surely must flower one day? Thanks for your replies, maybe I just have to be more patient!

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 43,806

    Ah, you're probably treating it too well - flowering and producing seed is a survival strategy - if it's being looked after that well it doesn't need to flower and seed to reproduce itself - leave off adding the organic stuff for a couple of years and let it struggle a bit - it'll bloom it's socks off if you ignore it image

    No-one knows if you've done your housework, but everyone knows if you've done your gardening !
  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,255

    and don't plant as deply as you normally would for a bulb of that size.

    Good luck, hope you get some flowers

  • Matty2Matty2 Posts: 4,820

    As I have just cleared a patch I think Mr Powell will gi very well there. - can grow as much as it wants and in full sun, also no plans for that area. 

    Biggest problem is how to get it out of its pot, and dig a hole deep enough to take it as it is.image

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,255

    Might have to sacrifice the pot Rosa

  • Matty2Matty2 Posts: 4,820

    Not worried about the pot, it is a nive shaped plastic one - well it was but very mishapen now - It's digging a hole big enough - I garden on mature tree roots and clayimage

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,255

    Don't sacrifice your back Rosa. Roots are a big handicap here, plants are often not quite where I want them cos I can't make a hole there

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