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Nerine

Name: Guernsey lily, as is commonly known..
Description: The nerine is an elegant and dainty flower with long stems showing off the slender petals curled like gift ribbons
Origin: South Africa
Color: Pure white and cherry red.
Botanical Name: Nerine

Nerines are commonly known as lilies but the fact is that they are not true lilies. Nerines are bulb flowers in each bulb produces single stem and have no leaves. Each stem carries 5-12 flowers of funnel-shape in clusters and at the top of the stem. These flowers are found commonly in pink color but they are also available in various shades of red and white also.

The flowers of Nerine are an elegant and dainty flower having slender and long stems with curled petals. Some of the species of Nerine are evergreen while others grow in winter or summer. Nerine have the finest fall-flowering bulbs which enlighten the autumn garden with their soft pastel colors. The flowers of Nerines are great cut flowers which retain their freshness for ample of time. These flowers look great in evergreen or dark background.

How to Grow Nerine Plants

  • The bulbs should be planted in spring in well-drained soil and, preferably, in a location where they can receive plenty of sun.
  • These bulbs do well in, and prefer, a Mediterranean type of climate.
  • If grown in pots or containers, the soil should be a mixture of fibrous loam, coarse sand and compost. The bulbs should also be placed in the ground, or container, with the neck just above the soil.
  • Water should be withheld until the flower spikes appear, and then freely watered during the growing season until the foliage begins to turn yellow.
  • Once emerging flowers begin to reappear in autumn, give them a thorough watering. Bulbs should be left in pots in full sun without any water at all until flower spikes appear again.

The bulbs of Nerines multiply quickly and can be transplanted at any time of the year provided they are not in bloom. However, Nerines do not appreciate being disturbed and, as a result, will not bloom as freely. This plant prefers to be overcrowded and will actually bloom more profusely under these conditions. Only lift and divide the clumps when serious overcrowding diminishes the number of flowers.
Common pests affecting Nerine species include the amaryllis caterpillar, which can easily be picked off by hand.