Nerines – Bulbs for the garden
An easy care bulb, Nerines are best planted in the Australian summer in a well drained sunny position in a humus rich soil.
Nerines have been a popular bulb in Australia for many years, they grow well in the climate, are easy care, do not need to be lifted and are generally trouble free.
Being summer dormant Nerines are relatively drought tolerant and rarely require watering.
In Autumn when they burst into life they make a great cut flower as well as a colourful garden plant. Plant with the bulb neck just above the soil in large groups for a mass display .
Nerines also grow well in pots and make a good floral display in a container near the door or on a patio. These are a bulb that prefers to be left undisturbed, so only divide one they have become overcrowded.
Nerines are best planted with the neck of the bulb above ground level. A sunny position where they will get lots of good summer sun will ensure good flowering, bulbs planted in deep shade will rarely flower.
How to Plant Nerines.
- Choose a sunny position and a well drained humus rich soil.
- Dig the soil over well before planting.
- Add a little well rotted compost to improve soil structure.
- The best time to plant Nerines is in early summer, before they begin active growth.
- Space bulbs at around 10cm apart.
- The neck of the Nerine bulb should be just above ground level.
- Water in well.
Nerine Species and varieties
Different varieties flower from mid summer right through to late autumn, so a careful selection can provide wonderful flowers over a long period. N.bowdenii being late flowering, around April while N.fothergill major is an orange-red early flowering variety that can flower as early as February. Nerine flexuosa ‘Alba’ is an autumn flowering white nerine.
Lots of different species and cultivars, look for :
- Nerine bowdenii,
- Nerine bowdenii “manina forest” form,
- Nerine filamentosa,
- Nerine fothergillii major
- Nerine fothergillii
- Nerine kregii with its fascinating twisted leaves.
Growing Nerines in Containers.
Nerines will grow well in containers, they will need a good quality potting mix and a little extra fertiliser as soon as active growth commences and again after flowering.
Nerine Bulbs are available for sale from the following nurseries
'Sylvan Vale' 375 Olinda Creek Rd, Kalorama, VIC.3766
Including a large range of Rare and unusual bulbs, corms and perennials
412 James Lane, Fern Hill VIC. 3458 - Phone 0419002651
Large range of Rare plants, Climbers, Bulbs, Perennials Fruit Trees, Ornamental Trees and Shrubs. Available both Retail and by Mail Order
Large variety of Epimediums, Woodland plants and Herbaceous perennials
Mail order or nursery. We do not send to Tasmania or WA
2 Jacksons Hill Rd, Menzies Creek VIC 3159
Hundreds of different varieties of daffodils as well as other beautiful spring & autumn flowering bulbs for home gardeners. Free colour catalogues available. Tulips, Daffodils,Alliums, Freesias, Iris and many other bulbs.
PO Box 7040 Leura NSW 2780
Rare woodland plants, Trilliums Epimediums, Arisaemas, plus much more.www.lynnsrareplants.com.au
365-367 Monbulk Rd, Silvan, Vic., 3795
"Bulb growers since 1951. Specialising in a comprehensive range of bulbs and perennials. Strictly wholesale only. Australia wide mail order service."