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Scadoxus source or trade?

Posted by jderosa z6 NJ (My Page) on
Fri, Jan 2, 04 at 14:41

I'm looking for a Scadioxus that gets tall - I've seen some that are almost 4' tall, with a ball of star shaped red flowers in spring or summer. I have Scadoxus multiflora (?), but mine only gets about 1' tall. Does anyobe know what plant I am talking about, and is anyone willing to trade for an Amorphophallus or something else I have?

Joe 'searching in vain' DeRosa

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RE: Scadoxus source or trade?

I just planted some s. multiflorus this past summer, they were about the same height as yours. Just curious - do they overwinter in your NJ garden? I planted some in pots, but also two bulbs in my south facing rock garden as an experiment, with an inch or two of mulch.

RE: Scadoxus source or trade?

They won't overwinter outdoors here in Zone 6 - they just rot over the winter. I think it is way too cold for them here, and too wet.

I've been growing mine in deep 10" pots. The bulbs are only about 2 or 3 inches in diameter, and they do flower every year, and the bulbs get a little bigger each year, too. When I grew them in smaller pots, the bulbs got smaller every year, and eventually stopped flowering. I bring in the plant before it goes dormant, and keep it green as long as possible (mine are just going dormant now). I'll start them up again in March after I replace some of the soil by giving them some bottom heat, and they usually flower within a month or so.

In the past, I've had these bulbs produce offsets, so I must be doing something right. I know that they develop a very thick basal plate that the roots grow from, and that the bulb is somewhat sensitive to being wet and cold during its dormancy, and that it is a good idea to keep some of the roots alive while the plant is dormant, but that's about all I have figured out.

I also know I've seen a much bigger type than the one I grow, and I have no idea where to get it.

Joe 'still searching' DeRosa

RE: Scadoxus source or trade?

Joe, you're looking for Scadoxus multiflorus ssp. Katherinae.

Here is a link that might be useful: Scadoxus

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