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Re: Watsonia & Agapanthus

On Sun, 5 Oct 1997, Marte Halleck wrote:

> Okay, these are not iris -- & only one's a member of the Iris family, 
> the other in the Lily clan, but I have a problem & you people are 
> elected to (I hope) help.
> A friend gave me these thinking I had a greenhouse (I don't.) She lives 
> in San Diego, doesn't quite comprehend what a Zone 4 climate is really 
> like as she suggested I pot these up "for the patio" & then just "bring 
> them indoors when it gets cold." It's already too cold here outdoors for 
> these S. Africans! I did pot the Agapanthus as it's in leaf, now I have 
> to find a cool (50F) & sunny (3-4 hrs per day min.) spot for it in my 
> crowded house -- at least that's what the books say. I shudder to think 
> how tall this might get provided it doesn't croak immediately.
The Agapanthus will do OK in a pot provided that you can keep it cool 
enough during it's stay indoors. Try and keep it around 10-15oC in the 
unheated back bedroom or maybe a porch if you havn't got a greenhouse.

> The Watsonia corms (4, all large) are dry & dormant but NOW is the 
> they're supposed to be planted out in mild climates to grow over the 
> fall-winter & flower in late winter-early spring, again according to 
> the references I can find. My question is: does anyone know if I can 
> tuck these corms away in peat or vermiculite until spring the way one 
> does Gladiolus bulbs? If so, should the storage medium be kept damp or 
> dry? Approx. what temp? Or had I better be getting these planted in a 
> big pot of soil & put in a sunny window -- if I can find one somewhere?

Sounds like the best idea is the sunny window in the pot and keeping them 
just moist but cool, like the Agapanthus. I get away with them on a 
raised bed covered with a cloche in winter but then I'm in Zone 7/8. They 
still flower well.
Christopher Morris
Hexham Northumberland, UK
Drizzle and Wind, just the weather for moving house!

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