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Bulb Catalog

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Grow Bulbs Book

A full-colour paper-back guide to the propagation and cultivation of some South African bulbs. This book was written by the experts in this field and has colour photographs from the Kirstenbosch Collection.

Contents
  • Introduction
  • Winter-growing species
  • Summer-growing species
  • Evergreen species
  • Propogation
  • Care of plants
  • Further reading
  • Useful addresses
  • Sources of supply
  • Index

The book is A5 size and has 390 pages.

Comprehensive guide to growing South African bulbs
$54.60

Fynbos Feast Starter Pack

An attractive, postable envelope-sized package containing everything you need to grow a selection of 6 indigenous South African fynbos plants from seed.  Makes an ideal gift.  The package is adorned with attractive photos of the flowers and covered in cellophane.

Contains 5 seeds each of Protea cynaroides, Watsonia spp, Leucospermum spp, Erica spp, Leucadendron spp and a Restio spp.  To help you get started, the pack contains Kirstenbosch Instant Smoke Plus Seed Primer and detailed growing instructions.  The plants are suitable for low-frost climates.

$10.50

Bulb Starter Pack

An attractive, postable envelope-sized package containing everything you need to grow indigenous South African bulbs from seed.  Makes an ideal gift.  The package is adorned with attractive photos of the flowers and covered in cellophane.

Contains 5 seeds each of a variety of bulb plants (geophytes).  To help you get started, the pack contains Kirstenbosch Instant Smoke Plus Seed Primer and detailed growing instructions.  The plants are suitable for low-frost climates.

$10.50

Watsonia borbonica

Commonly known as Pink watsonia

  • It grows to height of 1-2 m with a spread of 30cm.
  • Flowers are pink and they flower in summer.
  • Are elegant, graceful plants that would enhance any garden.
  • They enjoy full sun, well drained soil and are easy to grow.
  • Plant seeds in autumn.
  • This is a winter growing species.
$0.15

Kniphofia caulescens

Commonly known as Red Hot Poker, Torch Lily

  • The upper half of the flower is coral pink to deep orange and the lower part is pale greenish yellow to cream.
  • It grows to height of 40-70cm.
  • Flowering occurs from summer to autumn.
  • This is a very attractive plant that will not go unnoticed in your garden when in flower.
  • It enjoys a position of full sun.
  • This species is evergreen.
  • Hardy to USDA zone 6.
  • Sow seeds in spring.
$0.15

Zantedeschia aethiopica

Commonly known as the Arum Lily.

  • It grows to a height of 1m, can be grown in full sun or semi-shade, and is a beautiful specimen for any garden.
  • It has creamy-ivory spathes and flowers from spring to summer.
  • It is striking as a cut flower with lovely long stems.
  • Enjoys a moist position.
  • The young leaves and stems are used as a relish with other foods - cut up and boiled they are often added to mielie-meal porridge.
  • The leaves are also used to treat burns & insect bites - very soothing, and they are used to draw boils and infected sores. The leaves need to be washed with hot water and, while still warm, placed on the affected area and bound on with bandage or plaster to keep them in position and left on overnight. This process can be repeated if necessary.
$0.15

Ornithogalum thyrsoides

Commonly known as the Chinkerinchee

  • Speices grows to a height of 50cm and spread of 30cm.
  • It prodces a stem of white, delicate flowers.
  • Flowering takes place from spring to summer.
  • The flowers are excellent cut flowers lasting for 2-4 weeks.
  • Sow seeds in autumn.
  • This is a winter growing species.
  • Does very well in pots too.
$0.15

Tulbaghia violaceae

Commonly known as‘ Wild Garlic

  • It has dainty mauve flowers all through the year.
  • It's a very attractive, pleasing garden species and does very well in containers too.
  • It grows easily in most soils.
  •  Enjoys full sun and can also be used as a ground cover.
  • Grows to a height of 20-30cm.
  • Great for that hot corner in your garden - can go for long periods without water - but does thrive with water.
  • Seeds should be sown in spring.
  • Hardy to USDA zone 8.
  • It's a summer growing evergreen species.
  • It smells of garlic if injured.
  • It is fast growing and drought resistant.
  • It is considered by the Zulus to be a good snake repellent and is planted around their homes for this reason.
  • An infusion can be made by adding a bulb to boiling water – this mixture is then taken to relieve colds, coughs and flu and also to destroy intestinal worms.
  • The flowers and leaves are also used as a hot, peppery seasoning with meat and potatoes.
$0.15

Watsonia pillansii

 

Commonly known as Pillans Watsonia

  • This plant grows to a height of 0.5-1m with flowers ranging in color from orange to scarlet.
  • Flowering occurs in summer.
  • Watsonia pillansii is a very attractive plant that will not go unnoticed in your garden when in flower.
  • It enjoys full sun, but does prefer damp conditions all year around.
  •  It also has a high frost tolerance.
  • Seeds should be sown in spring.
  • hardy to USDA zone 7.
$0.15

Ornithogalum dubium

 

Commonly known as the Orange / yellow Chinkerinchee, Geeltjienkerientjee

  • This species grows to a height of 10 to 50cm
  • It produces a stem of yellow/orange delicate flowers.
  • Flowering takes place from spring to summer.
  • The flowers are excellent cut flowers lasting for 2-4 weeks.
  • It enjoys full sun and can be happily grown in pots or in the garden.
  • Seeds to be sown in autumn.
  • This is a winter growing species.
$0.15

Blue Lily Single Pack (Agapanthus praecox)

This pack contains 5 seeds of the elegant Agapanthus praecox bulb. It is commonly known as the Blue Lily. It is an evergreen species. The flowers form a dense cluster of blue, borne on a slender stem. They grow to a height of up to 1m, flowering from mid to late summer. They enjoy full sun or semi-shade (flower less frequently when in shade). The Xhosa women consider it to have medicinal properties relating to fertility & pregnancy. They fashion necklaces from the root to ensure healthy babies. Hikers often put the leaves in their boots or use them to wrap their feet in after a long walk to reduce inflammation and swelling. It is an elegant & useful addition to any garden.

$2.52

Aristea capitata

  • Grows to a height of 1-1.5m with a spread of 1.5m.
  • This is a tall elegant plant with deep blue flowers running along the stem.
  • Flowers in spring - and is attractive all year around.
  • Very easy to propagate from seed.
  • Enjoys full sun and a winter rainfall.
$0.15

Bulbinella nutans

  • This is a winter growing species which flowers in the spring.
  • It produces delicate cream to yellow to orange flower spikes on multiple stems that are excellent as cut flowers.
  • It has long reed-like leaves and grows to a height of 0.3-1m.
  • It enjoys full sun and is a recommended garden species.
$0.15