Plants in the Garden: Arum creticum
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Bought 8 years ago at Washfield. My Arum creticum has languished in very poor woodsy conditions absolutely full of tree root under a Eucalyptus. This week-end it finally flowered for the first time.
Any similar experiences, or is my(lack of) treatment of the plants needs entirely to blame?
I grow some 15 species and forms of Arum, ranging from our native A. maculatum to the rare and gorgeous A. palaestinum. I have not seen all of them flower yet, but considering my A. creticum is my oldest Arum I too have been suprised at how shy this plant seems to be; I am also annoyed at people who tell me how easy it is to grow! I know it's easy to grow, I want the b****y thing to flower!
All of my Arums (including A. creticum) have bulked up with a regular feed of a high nitrogen (Chempac #2) through the growing season. My hope is that as the plant bulks up it might become more inclined to flower.
I too would be quite interested to hear what other AGS members can chip in with.
Just read the article on arum creticum, I have grown this plant for about 30 years. You are all too kind, no nitrogen, full sun, dry position, stoney ground, little bone meal& potash in autumn. Separate every few years & grow on small tubers.This plant always looks bad after afrost, but will recover when temp rises.