A dear friend sent me some seeds, anyone successfully grow this plant in their garden? Gardens North rates it as zone 4? I wonder if it will be ok if I mulch it good for the winter?
Sharon, I was able to successfully grow this one when given a good amount of winter protection ... think I had used straw.
Oh, that's great to hear Terry, I went ahead and sowed them ;)
I'm reading that they need good drainage, perhaps in the back of my new rock garden is a good spot for them (that's if they germinate).
Where do you have yours growing?
Sharon, I formerly had these growing in a somewhat sheltered location. Unfortunately, I had found the bloom period to be really rather short and I gave them up in favor of other plants
I've also grown these - found them somewhat shortlived or tender (without protection). They'd survive for a couple of winters, then disappear.
My little WS'd Belamcanda are sure putting on some fast growth these past few weeks.
Just wondering Ang, how your plants are doing this year?
Anyone else growing this plant in their garden?
I lost mine, Sharon, from my seedbed over our first winter at this house two years ago. Mine germinated really well in an east facing bed. But, I did see Ang's this spring and they seemed to be doing fine. Did you mulch them, Ang? They are in a south facing bed, right? I want to try some again. They are so nice. Sorry to hear that their bloomtime is so short.
I have a couple of Belamcanda chinensis sprouts from seed I wintersowed 11 May and the 19 November 2005 wintersowings are only just starting to sprout.
Sharon, mine are doing good this year again. Last year they bloomed in August for about a week maybe 2 weeks.
Shauna, yes, they are in a south facing bed by my front door. They definately get protection there and a bit more warmth from the foundation. So far I haven't mulched them at all. This past winter I was worried because of the lack of snowcover but they did fine.
Did anyone's wintersown plants overwinter this year? Where did you plant and was protection used? I have some very healthy wintersowers that I am trying to decide where to put.
Thanks - Susan
I started mine from seed about 3 years ago. I planted it at our farm in Z5a. We have heavy clay soil that we amend constantly, harsh west winds in the winter and it get down to -25 some nights. My lily has survived without any protection. It's a good thing I like it so much because it reseeds everywhere! Marg
Mine made the winter Susan, it's located on the west side of the garage in sandy/loamy soil. It's only about 5" tall so far.
I did cover with dry straw at freeze up time.
Mine have been coming back reliably for the last few winters. All I've been doing is tossing some extra raked leaves on it before the snow falls and then keeping extra snow on it all winter. So far so good for a few years now. Mine are a good 12" tall (give or take) and looking good right now.
Thanks for the updates. I have a protected spot that usually gets good snow cover that I think I will try planting mine in.