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Just bought myself some nerine bowdenii,in fact lots of,and was wondering how to get the best out of them. I have seen some flowering in gardens for a couple of months and I would love to recreate this.

What depth,soil conditions,position should they be planted in? I have seen some crowded with their necks out,but wouldn't this harm them as they are south African in origin?

Any advice would be gratefully received.

I've grown them for years Cotty100. I first planted maybe 3 or 6 I can't remember how many I bought at the time in various parts of the garden but they did'nt do well for me. About 4 or 5 years ago I moved them and planted them with their heads up above the soil at the edge of a sunny border. They have multiplied and this year I have over 20 of them. As autumn turns into winter and they bloom they look smashing even if by that stage the leaves are a bit scraggy. I cover the tops over during the worst of the winter to help protect them from frost. Hope this helps and good luck.

Mark 499

Yes keep the neck of the bulb exposed, I never cover mine & they are fine.


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