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 Post subject: Boophane disticha
PostPosted: Wed Aug 26, 2009 8:07 pm 
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Picked up this 8" bulb when I was in L.A. last week. When can I expect it to flower?

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 Post subject: Re: Boophane disticha
PostPosted: Wed Aug 26, 2009 9:55 pm 
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Hi Keith:

An 8" Boophane is the largest size I have ever heard of. Once it established, it wil flower for you very soon.


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 Post subject: Re: Boophane disticha
PostPosted: Thu Aug 27, 2009 8:35 pm 
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Looks like disticha starting to grow out of season? It is obviously way past flowering size and it simply needs to get a serious root system established......like many Amaryllids these can have very large, long roots so if it does not bloom that may be an issue in the pot you are using. Some say they take many years to reestablish before flowering, but I have found that disticha can bloom within a year after importing if it is happy. On the other hand, I have never been lucky enough to see a B. haemanthoides bloom as of yet.

It is a real beauty :D Dan

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 Post subject: Re: Boophane disticha
PostPosted: Sat Aug 29, 2009 6:38 am 
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Thanks for the input Dan and Yu!
I'll see how it does in the shallow pot this year, if it does poorly I make a larger one.

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 Post subject: Re: Boophane disticha
PostPosted: Thu Oct 15, 2009 4:13 pm 
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Keith,

IMO, a deeper pot would give it more of a chance to grow. Better yet would be you putting it in the ground. Mine flowered after its 2nd year in the ground but I started off with a smaller bulb. It's a great plant, great flower, and even better seed pod.


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 Post subject: Boophone disticha
PostPosted: Tue Mar 09, 2010 11:15 pm 
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That is a beautiful bulb. If I look at the width of the leaves and the shape of the bulb it is rather a Boophone haemanthoides but it is best to wait for it to flower. Here are photos of some of my Boophone disticha when they flowered recently.

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I have a few Boophone haemanthoides too and here is the largest bulb in a 32cm (about 13") pot when it also flowered recently.

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Here is a photo of two B disticha and a B haemanthoides taken during January this year.

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Some of my Boophone disticha together for a photo for a friend last year

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 Post subject: Re: Boophane disticha
PostPosted: Wed Mar 10, 2010 8:36 am 
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Hi Heinie,

Good to see your pics....wonderful plants grown to perfection!!

Nice to see a face with a name as well!! I hope that the Cyrtanthus from last year do well again this year and that the Rauhia make it to you OK once I ship :D Dan

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 Post subject: Re: Boophane disticha
PostPosted: Wed Mar 10, 2010 9:04 am 
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Hi Dan,

I got this Forum via Google when I was searching something. Nice to bump into an email friend and now we have met each other halfway. Who knows....

Thank you for your compliments. I will post some photos of my Brunsvigia plants in flower now.

I am sure the shipping will go well.

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 Post subject: Re: Boophane disticha
PostPosted: Wed Mar 10, 2010 7:24 pm 
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Hi Heinie:

Thanks for sharing such beatiful pics with us, and welcome to this forum.
I am used to read lots of your post in Africa gardener forum, so, really glad that you find here. I am sure you will bring us lots of pleasures, I hope you have lots of fun here too!

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 Post subject: Re: Boophane disticha
PostPosted: Fri Mar 12, 2010 2:40 pm 
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Those are such interesting plants. It's amazing how many flowers are in those clusters.

Heine, I like the crinkly leaves in the last photo.


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 Post subject: Re: Boophane disticha
PostPosted: Fri Mar 12, 2010 3:13 pm 
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I also like the undulated leaves form. Like Dan says, the leaves are enough to have and love the plant.

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 Post subject: Re: Boophane disticha
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I agree, just the plants themselves are nice. I may have to give one a try some day if I keep looking at yours and others! You do grown some nice plants.


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