|Cultivation Details||Nerines are endemic to South Africa. There are around thirty species and are very widely distributed with a large amount of the species growing in the summer rainfall areas. Usually, they grow in large colonies and when blooming is a spectacular sight. The colours can be white, pink, and cerise to red. Flowers can be ornate and delicate like Nerine filamantosa, or full and robust like Nerine sarniensis.
The bulbs come in a range of shapes and sizes, some with a neck and some without. As per Amaryllid usual, these bulbs have roots that persist for many years. Planting the Nerine bulb or seed and leaving them in the same position for many years is their preferred cultivation.
Nerines require full sun or a slightly shady position. This will aid in successful flowering. Nerines prefer a well draining growing medium. This to can also have a good % of compost as some Nerines love to feed. Some species are known for their capacity to thrive in the poorest of soils. Nerine sarniensis will almost refuse to bloom if feed any thing other than sandy soil.
At the other end of the cultivation scale, Nerine platypetala need full water inundation during the growing season and never let to dry out. These grow in a bog like situation and do very well in this type of cultivation. As I have grown Nerine, they have continually surprised me in their cultivation needs. Some gardeners report that they have no trouble in growing the types they have, yet others, at the same time report having lost them.
It is just like any other bulb genus we grow, whereby some species of Nerines have there own requirements and a large percentage can grow in relatively the same type of medium. The common medium I use is 1 part sand, 1 part garden loam, and 2 part potting mix. This works well for me but will probably need adjusting to suit your climate. Nerines need a small amount of investigating to find the requirement for each species. If you have any special tips or tricks to help your Nerines along, I would love to here about them.