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Re: advice on bulbs

In a message dated 1/28/03 7:23:30 PM Eastern Standard Time, 
hodgesaa@islc.net writes:

<<Pink Fairy Lily (Zephyranthes) 50 for $5.00 size 6cm +>>

That is a geophyte with perverse selective blooming.  You can have a pot full 
of grassy green leaves and see one flower at a time or sometimes no flowers.  
They bloom reliably in some climates in response to rain.  Hence are called 
rainlilies.  If you are looking for a plant that sends up a pot full of 
reliable flowers this is not one.  It does, however, live forever and can be 
kept in one pot for years returning with foliage each spring.  The pot can be 
wintered bone dry in the cellar for a return trip to the garden each spring.  
Bulbs multiply fairly quickly, flowers are shy.

In your state you may be able to put the bulbs in the ground.  They are not 
hardy north of Virginia or Washington DC. The bulbs offered at low cost are a 
pink form, a common one.  There are numerous species which would be less 
common and more pricey. The flower is quite like a small Hippeastrum 
(amaryllis), charming when it appears which is not often.

Claire Peplowski
NYS z4

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