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Nerine sarniensis

Nerine sarniensis
Price:  £8.00




Common Name: Guernsey Lily, Jewel Lily, Diamond Lily

Plant Family: Amaryllidaceae

Suggested Use:  Growing in Pots
Season of Interest:  Autumn
Position/ Situation:  Sheltered, frost-free gardens
Sun/ Shade:  Sun
Flower Colour:  Red
Leaf Colour:  Green
Height:  low (up to 3 feet)
Habit/Shape:  Clump forming
Soil Type:  Normal, well-drained but moisture retentive
Hardiness/minimum temperature:  Frost tender (plus 1 to 5 deg. C.)

A beautiful bulbous plant from South Africa, sporting brilliant red flowers late in the year. This relative of the better known bowdenii is frost tender, and needs a little more care in cultivation. Grow them in pots of well-drained gritty compost, and avoid letting them get wet in their dormant period. From spring, when the leaves die down, to when the flower spikes emerge water just enough to stop the bulbs drying out. Outdoors, place against a south-facing wall under the house eaves, or keep in an airy frost-free greenhouse all year round.

Nerines are great for their dazzling display of funnel-shaped flowers in late summer and autumn. Most commonly the flowers are shades of pink but red and white are also present. They like a sheltered, sunny and well drained spot. You need to keep other plants from swamping them too. Think carefully about where you are going to plant them as they don’t like to be disturbed if you later decide you want to move them.

Cultivars of N. bowdenii are generally hardy enough to be left outdoors but some other species need frost protection. N. sarnienses definitely needs frost protection and N. flexuosa can be hardy enough but due to their late flowering period the flowers may be damaged by frost. Quite often the leaves appear before the flowers and start to die back as the flowers open this is quite normal. All the goodness goes back into the bulb for next year’s flowers.

Plant the bulbs in the Spring with the neck just above the surface. If the soil is a little towards the heavy side plant them on a layer of grit or gravel. Plant more tender varieties in pots and keep in a greenhouse or conservatory during frost-prone periods.

Mainland UK  £6 - £8.50 Bulbs/Tubers/ Bare root (UK) £4
Click and Collect FREE Northern Ireland, Highlands & Islands £6 - £10
Guernsey & Jersey £20 European Union £15 - £20

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We aim to despatch orders within 3 working days of receipt but please allow up to 7 working days. Plants are despatched Monday-Thursday (excl. Bank Holidays) 

Unless otherwise indicated our plants are supplied in the following pot sizes according to category. Dimensions refer to either the pot diameter (cm) or volume (litre);

  • Exotics/Conservatory & House Plants, Succulents: mostly as young plants in 9cm or 1 litre pots
  • Hardy Perennials, Ferns and Grasses: 1 litre (approx 12cm diameter)
  • Herbs: 9cm
  • Hardy Shrubs and Climbers: 1.5 or 2 litre 
  • Potted Bulbs: variable- please see "Size/Qty" on product information page 
  • Dormant Bulbs, Tubers and Bare-root perennials come either bagged or wrapped without a pot

The exact size of plants will vary with the growing season and may be cut back in accordance with normal pruning regimes or to fit in the box if they are excessively tall

Shrubland Park Nurseries