Here is its story.
|THE RICH SCENT OF ISMENE IS SIMILAR TO DAFFODILS, BUT I THINK IT SMELLS MORE LIKE SUN TANNING LOTION.|
I used to grow these bulbs and them dispose of them, buying new ones each year, or, keeping them from year to year in pots that were far too small for them. I discovered this a few winters ago, when I emptied a 6 inch pot with a single bulb in in which appeared to be dormant, to only find a pot filled with thick, fleshy roots. Clearly, my single bulb wanted a larger pot, so while dormant, I up-sized the pot to a 10 inch pot.
The following winter, while the bulb (s) were dormant in their 10 inch pot, I knocked it out in January and saw the same thing, a root ball completely white with thick roots while dormant ( not unusual for most bulbs in the amaryllis family - which is why any amaryllis relative prefers to keep its roots while the top of the bulb is dormant - they often grow underground during their 'dormant period'. I upgraded again to a 12 inch pot.
Last winter, I upgraded again to a 14 inch pot, and look at the plant now. I think it is safe to say that if you have been under impressed with Ismene (Hymenocallis), then try saving and upgrading your pot each year, and see what happens. Now, I want to try some of the other hybrids, and maybe some of the species of both Ismene and Hymenocallis.
A brief botany lesson here, without getting into it too deeply, In 1990, the genus Hymenocallis was split into two - Ismene and Hymenocallis, so although you may see these bulbs sold in catalogs as Hymenocallis, they are properly referred to as Ismene hybrids ( complex crosses between a number of species according to the Pacific Bulb Society Wiki).