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Thread: Nerines - Guernsey Lilies

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    Default Nerines - Guernsey Lilies

    Every autumn, I see clumps of nerines and wish I had some. Yesterday, in Morries, I bought a couple of packs of 3 bulbs for 2 each.
    Before I plant them somewhere ( not a clue where yet) can you share your experiences with them please?
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    Spreading..............and so on.
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    No advice, VC, but just to say I love nerines too. Looking forward to hearing people's replies.
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    They need a sheltered sunny spot, with good drainage, (add some grit?) also do well in a big pot like agapanthus - then they can go in the greenhouse for the winter, to be on the safe side

    Then again you live in sunshiney South Wales, so might not be as frosty as Kent......

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    Grew them in Devon when I lived there. Don’t bury the bulbs , plant them as you would an amaryllis. As Thelma says a sunny sheltered spot. If they are happy they can actually become invasive!
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    Ooops! I've got my Guernsey Lillies and my Kaffir lillies muddled up (Hides behind PC screen ) but luckily it seems my reply was ok anyway, as they both seem to like the same treatment

    It's Schizostylis coccinea that I grow not Nerine bowdenii - oh dear!
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    Kaffir lilies are another that I want to grow - so I'll save your advice until I have some, Thelma.

    Roitelet - invasive sounds good to me, when they're Nerines
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    Quote Originally Posted by Thelma Sanders View Post
    They need a sheltered sunny spot, with good drainage, (add some grit?) also do well in a big pot like agapanthus - then they can go in the greenhouse for the winter, to be on the safe side

    Then again you live in sunshiney South Wales, so might not be as frosty as Kent......

    I've grown kaffir lilies successfully in Edinburgh for years. Last garden they were in a hot dry spot, grew so much that I had to dig bits up to throw away/give away. My neighbour stuck some in a pot and they did fine. They clump up a lot and I think it is probably wise to split clumps every few years to keep them flowering.

    Moved to a new garden November 2017, brought some with me in pots. They're still in them till their new beds are ready, they survived the beast from the east no problem, and I had some great flowers last October. Tough as old boots would be my view!

    I've just bought some of those Morrisons nerines too VC. I plan to plant them against a hot dry house wall. My mum (West of Scotland) had beautiful nerines and this is how she grew them.
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