Gardening Questions And Answers
However, as most plants slip into dormancy, Nerines are just getting the show started with long-lasting, showy blossoms in pink, red, and white shades. During the late spring and summer months, these showstoppers produce clusters of strappy, glossy green foliage, with flower stalks growing up to 2′ tall in the autumn.
Nerine lily bulbs are not hardy below 38 degrees F. (3 C.), so you should check your gardening zone before planting. You can also treat them as annuals but rather than waste these lovely flowers, pull the bulbs and overwinter them. Growing instructions for Nerine lilies are similar to most summer blooming bulbs.
Nerine bowdenii can be planted outdoors in well-drained soil in a sunny, sheltered position in open borders or at the foot of a wall. They will not flower in shaded situations and do not compete well with other garden plants. They are also suitable for container cultivation. Flowers follow in the autumn.
The faintly scented inflorescences make great cut flowers. But if not deadheaded or used as cut flowers, the plants may produce large, round green seeds. Because these plants will not survive Wisconsin winters and also bloom late in the fall (often well after regular frosts), they are best grown as container plants.
Nerines are notoriously temperamental when they have been moved or replanted. They will flower the following year. If the clumps have become very large and flowering is diminishing, then the clumps can be divided and replanted in spring. In cold areas, mulch clumps when they’ve finished flowering for winter protection.
Plant Nerine bowdenii (Pink Guernsey Lily) in spring, and you will be rewarded with delightful fragrant pink blossoms from summer through frost. The Nerine Lily is suitable for growing in containers and is deer resistant. This tender bulb is hardy in zones 8-10 but can be grown as an annual elsewhere.