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A Newbie in Brisbane/Jumped the gun

Postby Guest » Thu Mar 13, 2003 2:55 pm

Firstly I would like to congratulate Bulb Express on aa A class web site, it has really opened my eyes to the world of bulbs.
That said I have recently \(over the last 6 weeks\) purchased the following Bulbs:
-Calla lilies, Dahlia\'s, Amaryllis, asiatic liliums, giant canna lilies, jockey\'s cap lilies, gladiloi, longiflorum, and aquilegia.
Unfortunately I purchased them through a large department store and assumed that they were all suitable for Brisbane\'s climate, but reading through the forum and looking through the web site I have discovered that a couple of the varieties may not do so well here. Any hints for this region would be appreciated. Also, I would really like to grow tulips, day lilies, and crocus. Is this possible? I\'m prepared to put in the work/maintenance required. My problems is that I think bulb flowers are the most fantastic specimens in the world of flora, and have little interest in growing any other flowers. Thanks to those who put their time into answering this forum. I look forward to ordering from Bulb Express soon when I have all the necessary information about bulbs in Brisbane. Does anyone know of a good book?
Thanks again, Andrew.

Name: Andrew
Email: jebley@optushome.com.au
Subject: A Newbie in Brisbane/Jumped the gun
Thread: 369
Time: Sun, 14 Oct 2001 05:49:52 UTC

Postby Guest » Thu Mar 13, 2003 2:55 pm

Hi there : \)

Of the bulbs you have
purchased, almost all of them
are suitable for Brisbane. Lillium
longiflorium, calla and the canna
lilies should do particularly well.
Just watch out for thrips with
your gladioli and jockey\'s cap
lilies \(often a problem in warm
climates, I get them here in
Perth WA\). I use Confidor to
keep them at bay. As far as I
know the dahlias and aquilegia
prefer a cooler climate, so they\'ll
probably appreciate some
shade from the heat of the day.

Tulips in warmer areas do
reflower, only not as reliably as
in a cooler climate. Sparaxis
have tulip-like petals and thrive
in warmer climates, so they
might be a worthwhile
substitute. Daylilies should
thrive in your area, as Barb
stated, they do well just about
anywhere. Crocuses flowers
may not be as long-lasting in
warmer weather, but as far as I
know, are pretty reliable. I love
flowers from most bulbs, corms,
rhizomes and tubers too. Good
luck with the planting.

For more information on warm
climate bulbs, check out this
Brisbane-specific article on
\"Subtropical bulbs\".

Gardening Australia \(2001\).
Subtropical bulbs. [Online].
stories/s247425.htm [2001,
October 06].

Cheers - Sue H

Name: Sue H
Email: suzho@startrekmail.com
Subject: A Newbie in Brisbane/Jumped the gun
Thread: 369
Time: Mon, 15 Oct 2001 13:49:22 UTC

Postby Forum_mod » Thu Mar 13, 2003 3:30 pm

hi Andrew,
I also live near Brisbane, and can tell you from experience that amarylis, liliums, canna\'s \(a pest\), jockeys cap, gladiloi, daylilies, crocus and calla\'s all will grown in our region.
Tulips will grow if refrigerated for 6-8 weeks before planting in pots, as i found the ground far too hot for them.
I haven\'t tried longiflorum or aquilegia, so can\'t advise you on them.
Four of my favourites are fresia\'s and ixias, for their colour,scent and the fact that you can leave them both in the ground or pot and they will shoot next year. Ranunculi are fabulous for a colourful display, plant a bed full for effect, and they are a great cut flower also. Anemone are smaller, but flower well, with a colour range of purples, reds and creams, they also are great cut flowers. Ranunculi and Anemone\'s should be lifted each year, \(mostly as i\'m a water-a-holic and they probably rot\), for success next year.
happy gardening,and don\'t be afraid to try new bulbs,

Name: kathy faber
Email: benandkathfaber@hotmail.com
Subject: A Newbie in Brisbane/Jumped the gun
Thread: 369
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