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Unforgettable Moments: Digging Up Big Crinum Bulbs


Many moments within the backyard are unforgettable, and lots of extra that you just love however they then slide out of your thoughts. A few of my unforgettable moments contain areas the place I gained experience or did one thing precisely proper.

Others (many others) embody embarrassing backyard moments and downright failures from doing one thing incorrect. However the one second that appears to face out essentially the most in my gardening reminiscence financial institution goes again to the times of digging up my growing crinum lily plants.

Crinum Lily Bulbs – Warning, They Get Massive

Digging the crinum bulbs for a transfer was undoubtedly an unforgettable backyard second. They’d been planted about 10 years and who knew they might get so large. There have been many infants on them as properly. If you wish to develop them, be forewarned that crinum bulbs can develop into sizable, generally reaching wherever from 9-10 inches (20-26 cm.) in diameter. Whereas they might start smaller, weighing in at a mere 1-2 kilos, these mature crinum bulbs can stand up to twenty lbs. (9 kg.) or extra.

Whereas mine didn’t get fairly that enormous, they have been nonetheless sufficiently big that it made digging them up a reasonably tedious activity. Replanting these crinum lilies in one other location allowed them a possibility to develop much more, which is nice since, along with their giant progress, they stick round for a very long time. One thing else I didn’t think about after I first planted them.

Initially a local to southeast Asia, the plant has tailored properly to the American South. Crinums are also called a cemetery plant, rising in previous graveyards and plantations within the Southeast. Estimates lead some to suppose the flowers could proceed to develop for 100 years or longer. In lots of instances, they stay longer than those that planted them. Little question mine will linger on lengthy after I’m gone – lots of my descendants too.

And it’s not simply the crinum bulbs that get huge. These I planted within the floor have bloomed on stalks 3 to five toes excessive (.91 to 1.5 m.) with aromatic, bell-shaped blooms in pink or white. They’ll, nonetheless, stand up to six toes (1.8 m.) in peak. While you see the spring blooms and odor the candy scent, you may be reminded of an unforgettable second too. The identical blooms could trigger a cherished one to consider you after you’re gone…like remembering the rising crinum lily vegetation in grandma’s backyard.