July 28, 2010

In Bloom Today - Scadoxus multiflorus, the Blood Lily

I thought I had lost it, my large pot of Scadoxus multiflorus ssp. kathernae which I've kept in an increasingly larger pot, every year hopping to get a large specimen. When our greenhouse froze last December, I thought I had lost it. Well, actually, I did lose it. Shoved under a bench most likely around November, when I brought the plant indoors for the winter, it remained dry, on its side, and dormant until last week when I found it while cleaning the greenhouse. It's looked better in past years, but it still had a flower bud, which bloomed this week and the plant resumes it's growth for what's left for the summer.
An easily grown plant, it can be fussy when trying to coax a bloom from a house plant specimen. Best advive is: Allow your Scadoxus multiflorus to dry off in the winter months, giving it just enough water to keep the bulbous shoots green and firm. When spring arrives, increase watering, and if you can, bring the plant outdoors where it should bloom. Another one of those borderline 'bulb' plants which sometimes never really go dormant, I too never had flowers until I had the greenhouse to winter them over in. So the situation is similar to my Clivia issue, before greenhouse, few flowers, after greenhouse, all the clivia bloom exactly at the same time. So I continue to believe that the triggers are a special combinations of daylength, temperature and perhaps moisture, but to be honest, my Clivia and Scadoxus get some water year round, since they do spend dormant time under the mesh greenhouse benches, where plants get watered with the hose above them, year round.


  1. I grow this here in northern Florida where it got to 20 degrees for several nights and it bloomed for me just weeks before yours did. Its one of the last plants to break dormancy and doesn't emerge til summer so it comes as a surprise to most who grow it.

    I just realized that you wrote the excellent book "beyond trend", which I read last year! I'm a budding creative who finds inspiration in plants, and my blog "The Rainforest Garden" is my creative outlet... I'm so glad that someone else made the connection between creative professions and plants! I will share your inspiring blog on my blogroll and facebook group. Thanks!

  2. Mihai B5:46 AM

    thank you for this information. i'd bought my first scadoxus this spring and i wasn't sure what i have to do in winter with them.


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