Haemanthus

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Fleur Pavlidis

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Haemanthus coccineus
« Reply #15 on: September 14, 2011, 10:24:41 PM »
We have a photo of this on the MGS website but I couldn't resist posting another one since all these flowers have appeared in the last few days. This Haemanthus coccineus
is growing in the MGS garden having expanded from a single bulb over many years. The dappled shade seems exactly to fit its needs.
MGS member, Greece. I garden in Attica, Greece and Mt Goulinas (450m) Central Greece

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Alisdair

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Re: Haemanthus coccineus
« Reply #16 on: September 27, 2011, 07:54:37 PM »
... and for John Fielding's photo of a potful, click here.
Alisdair Aird
Gardens in SE England (Sussex); also coastal Southern Greece, and (in a very small way) South West France; MGS member (and former president); vice chairman RHS Lily Group, past chairman Cyclamen Society

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JTh

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Re: Haemanthus
« Reply #17 on: June 19, 2019, 09:21:44 PM »
It's quite a while since the last posting here, but in spite of warnings, I'll see if I get some response to my question. Several years ago I saw Haemeanthus coccineus in  flower in the MGS garden in Paeania, and I immediately put it on my wishlist for plants to try in northern Greece.  Haemanthus is not very hardy, but I read that it may take some short cold spells and light frost, and Fleur wrote that it has been growing in the MGS garden for several years. I can't resist picking seeds whenever I'm travelling, and I now have some tiny seedlings, but it may take a while before they  are ready to be transplanted.


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I have Haemanthus albiflos growing indoors in Norway,  the pot was  so so full of bulbs that I finally had to divide it, so now I have more plants than I have room for on my window sills. I would like to try to grow it in northern Greece, do you think it is possible to keep it alive?
Retired veterinary surgeon by training with a PhD in parasitology,  but worked as a virologist since 1992.
Member of the MGS  since 2004. Gardening in Oslo and to a limited extent in Halkidiki, Greece.

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Alisdair

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Re: Haemanthus
« Reply #18 on: June 20, 2019, 09:24:47 AM »
Jorun, though I have no experience of growing it, I'd be strongly inclined to hope for success. Most Cape bulbs seem so happy in the unwatered part of our own Greek garden that I feel they're always worth trying unless they are real bog-dwellers. I know our own Greek garden faces very much milder winters than yours, but Haemanthus albiflos must face occasional frosts in the inland parts of its range. Given that it's evergreen, you might have a better chance with it (relative to H. coccineus) than someone in a hotter part of Greece anyway. Presumably you've got somewhere suitably shady for it. Give it a try!
Alisdair Aird
Gardens in SE England (Sussex); also coastal Southern Greece, and (in a very small way) South West France; MGS member (and former president); vice chairman RHS Lily Group, past chairman Cyclamen Society

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JTh

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Re: Haemanthus
« Reply #19 on: June 20, 2019, 08:05:10 PM »
Thank you, Alisdair, maybe I'll succeed? I have more bulbs than I need here in Norway, anyhow, so I'm not taking a big risk if I bring a few bulbs to Greece. Finding a shady place for them is not a big problem.



Retired veterinary surgeon by training with a PhD in parasitology,  but worked as a virologist since 1992.
Member of the MGS  since 2004. Gardening in Oslo and to a limited extent in Halkidiki, Greece.