How to plant crinums

Crinums will bring a touch of exoticism to the garden with their large, fragrant amaryllis-type flowers, held on large stalks above glossy, strap-shaped leaves.

Plant around 15 cm deep (with the top at the surface) in well-drained, deep, fertile, humus rich, moist soil in full sun. Provide mulch in winter.

Always unpack on arrival and store in a cool place until ready to plant. Take care! Crinums should never be eaten as they will cause severe discomfort. Their sap is a strong irritant.

Problems, pests and diseases:

Crinums do not usually suffer from any serious diseases or pest problems. However, they may be affected by:

  • Waterlogged/poorly-drained soil: the bulbs will fail.

  • Snails and slugs: these pests enjoy munching on young shoots, stems, leaves and flowers. Watch out for damage!
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