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CRINUM

Seedlings/offsets available from 1$ each

Crinum is a genus of Amaryllidaceae consisting of over 130 species of which about 70 are found in Africa. Southern Africa is home to 21 of these species. All the Crinum listed are summer growing and most will need a definite drying off period in winter. Crinum bulbispermum will take cold winters. In fact, in its native habitat, C. bulbispermum is often covered in heavy frost and some light snows. Many more species available on request


Crinum macowanii
These large bulbs are somewhat frost tender. Plant in a sheltered position or in a large pot. They produce white to dark pink flowers with a darker keel in early spring. Large specimen bulbs can have leaves of over 1.2 metres or 4 feet in length and will produce up to 5 flower stems together. Flowers are lightly scented and bees are attracted to them. Plant with the bulb completely buried and does best in soil with a high humus content. Water and heavy feeding in spring and early summer is a must for excellent flower production. Bulb goes dormant in winter but watering should commence as soon as temperatures warm up.
Minimum size 110 mm circumference.
$10.00 each
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Crinum mooreiThis is one of the earliest recorded Southern African Crinum and has never lost its appeal. Crinum moorei bears large white to dark pink flowers atop long stems. This bulb enjoys a damp spot but will flower equally well in any position as long as it has afternoon shade. Mid summer is it's flowering time. Like all large Crinum, its does well with regular feeding and water. Plant bulb partially exposed. In Coastal Natal, these bulbs only go dormant for about 6-8 weeks. These are very large flowering bulbs.
Minimum size 200 mm circumference.
$10.00 each
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Crinum bulbispermum
Crinum bulbispermum is frost hardy and as long as it is planted deep will take a spell of frozen ground.The bulb produces up to 4 stems in succession. Needs a damp but sunny environment during spring and summer and is a greedy feeder. Plant the bulb up to 150 mm below the soil surface and does best in heavy soil. Refrain from watering in autumn and winter when the bulb goes dormant. The flowers range in colour from light red to almost a purple red. In their natural state they are mostly found in the banks of annual streams or ponds.
Minimum size 100 mm circumference.
$10.00 each
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Crinum bulbispermum (with pseudostem/ trunk)The flowers are lighter in colour than the typical Orange River forms normally available from South Africa. The other main differences are that the leaves are a bright green and mature bulbs have their bulb above the ground in the form of a pseudostem.
$12.00 each
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Crinum acaule
Crinum acaule is a very uncommon South African Crinum. It has one of the largest flowers of all Crinum. Mature bulbs can produce up to 3 flowers. The flowers have a strong scent of Carnations. It needs a very sandy soil and warmth in winter. It is ideally suited to pot culture. Stocks are limited.
$30.00 each
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Crinum delagoense

These are large bulbs of the brightly striped Zululand coastal dune Crinum. They can produce up to 40 flowers per stem. Many plants produce a succession of flowering stems and some even get as much as 6 stems per season. The leaves are very wide (up to 250mm in width) and can reach 1 metre in length. Although this is a tropical Crinum, it can take temperatures of as little as 1�C and still flower the following season.

They need well draining sandy soil and thrive best if well composted every spring. They need to be well watered in spring and summer and watered only sparingly in autumn and winter. In Southern Zululand they grow in grasslands and are exposed to the hot windy conditions and are often lightly tinted with the spray from the nearby sea (300 metres away). However, in Northern Zululand they are found in up to 90% shade and flower equally as well.


Minimum size 100mm diameter/300mm circumference
$30.00 each
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