Oh Man That Hurts! Two years of cultivation and care and now we have to dump all of these crinum lily bulbs. Why? Because the person I bought them from sold them as one thing, but in actuality, they are a mix of colors and habits of growth.
Since they were tiny products of a tissue culture laboratory, we had no way to know this until they flowered, long after we’d paid the bill and spent resources growing them out.
Tom & I have built our reputation on providing correctly named plants. While I’m happy to explore and have even funding tissue culture research at Clemson University. But there are yet wrinkles, somewhere in the process, to be ironed out. We’ll continue to support and evaluate all sorts of new stuff, especially our brilliant friend, researcher and TC pioneer Dr. Adelberg. And, I am hatching several other ideas for growing quality, properly named plants!
(Mixed crinum work great in retention ponds, in ditches and anywhere you may need to slow down or absorb water. If you need bulbs for this sort of restoration planting, email me; we have a deal for you!)