Mainly Amaryllids Garden

Mainly Amaryllids Garden

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"A conservation garden for Amaryllid species and Hybrids"


Mainly Amaryllids Garden - A Mail Order Conservation Garden.

Summer Notes.


About this list.    

For your convenience;  Clicking the link at the top of each column, ( Ref ID, Family, Genus and Species), will sort the list into that category alphabetically. 

Each bulb has an availability time E.G. Feb/March - Sept Oct. These months are an approximate only. A prevailing summer can extend the season another month or so. Please consider this when ordering your bulbs. It may delay your order or your order may be sent in two separate packages.

Tips on Conservation

The Exquisite Griffinia


Now that we are growing and raising bulbs in the ground I am very happy with their progress. Foliage and root development have improved out of sight since planting many of the bulbs in the ground here.  Many  flowered for the first time this year. Ammocharis coranica, Boophone disticha and Crinum buphanoides were amongst this seasons new flowering bulbs. What a treat the Crinum species were also this season. Big bright white blooms on tall, sturdy stems. An excellent Crinum for breeding material. There are some breeding notes further down the page, but first....

The soil here at Barnawartha is a clay/sand with excellent drainage properties. The highly rich mineral soil is very well suited to many of the bulbs here. Even Hippeastrum species and hybrids are growing well in the open ground. For many years I have grown these in part shade and now I find they love full sun as long as the soil does not dry out too much. Hymenocallis maxamiliana bloomed this year for the first time also. It is a lovely smaller version of Hymenocallis acutiloba.

I am now trying a 2 inch layer of sand over the garden beds as a top dressing for weeds. As all of the beds are raised it helps keep the soil below ground level much cooler allowing better root production during the growing season. Also, watering is less frequent.


And now back to Crinum >>> Many of the Crinum hybrids available at Mainly Amaryllids Garden are exclusive to this garden alone. This is due to the fact that each breeding garden is usually genetic specific. This means that each breeding garden has collection of species bulbs. Individual bulbs are selected from each batch of seedlings based on what the breeding considers to be suitable positive traits such as  upright flowering stalk, strong flowering stalk, flowers can last for 1-2 days, excellent white with reflexed sepals and tepals, does not offset too much, strong undulate leaves make for an attractive plant when not in bloom. This is what can be said of Crinum species pictured below.

Crinum species flowers.


Crinum species foliage

Many other Crinum crosses were made here in the garden for the same reason, although different traits would be present and each pollen or seed parent is selected for those individual positive traits. (I am pretty sure breeders pursue what interests them in shape, structure and colour in the blooms) It is quite an individual event for each breeder I would think. The crosses I offer have yet to bloom. One could ask 'why not keep the seedlings until you can see the out come? Then you can choose the best and offer that!" Although this is true, one can clearly see that most Australian gardeners do not have the resources or time to obtain species bulbs. They have their own lives to keep up with. I can appreciate that.

My idea was to first collect the species Crinum. After nearly eight years of collecting and cultivating I can now make the crosses. I grow the seeds on and offer these resultant seedlings to the every day gardener interested in something different for their walk around the home. This enables you to write back to me and let me know how the cross went. It also lets you into our breeding program and have exclusive flowering crinum hybrids for your very own. No one can say when visiting your garden 'I have that at home' because you will be the only one with that particular hybrid. There is every chance that you will be able to produce seeds from crosses of  the various hybrids that are on offer on this list and you can continue to breed on to see what else is hidden in the gene pool. Who knows, maybe you will breed the next world class hybrid?!



USDA HARDINESS ZONES:  For easy reference I have included this simple USDA Zone Chart. This should help you to know what USDA Zone you are in and if you will need to alter conditions to help maintain your bulbs. I am in Zones 9 and 10. This describes what our climate does for the year round. For example, our temperature usually does not go below minus 4 Celsius during the winter, so I grow bulbs that will fit into this USDA Zone. So my bulbs can be described as Zone 9 to Zone 10 grown bulbs.


Zone 6

Ė10 to 0 Fahrenheit,

-23 C to -18 Celsius

Zone 7

0 to 10 F, -18 to -12 C

Zone 8

10 to 20 F, -12 to -7 C

Zone 9

20 to 30 F, -7 to -1 C

Zone 10

30 to 40 F, -1 to 4 C

Zone 11

Above 40 F, Above 4 C



If you decide to grow bulbs out of the described Zone, you will need to make adjustments to the growing conditions in order for them to survive. I hope this helps in some small way to teach a more consistent knowledge of our temperatures here in Oz. Many of the locally produced magazines have different Zones and some of us donít really know where we are and in what climate we are best described as. This small chart is used around the world with good success. It will certainly put you in touch with many other gardeners around the world and in turn help us all communicate a little easier when referencing or relating our conditions to others.




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