Lycoris, Rhodophiala, and Colchicum. Was Re: [pbs] Another Lycoris Trick

Kelly Irvin
Sat, 06 Sep 2003 07:51:41 PDT
Thanks for the advice, Jim S. I do have them in several locations. The 
best location so far appears to be on the north side under a large 
maple. The foliage did not get damaged this winter. Frost appears 
minimal in this location. Another location, right by my winter house 
gets heavy frost and remains shaded until about 10:30-11 AM in winter. 
They have not done so well here. At our previous residence, I had good 
success with L. radiata in a small bed (north facing again) in Asian 
jasmine. Those bloomed very nicely the season before we moved. I will be 
covering my new production plots with custom row crop covers to 
encourage heat buildup during the winter and discourage frost.

J.E. Shields wrote:

> HI Kelly and Jim W.,
> I got Lycoris radiata radiata a couple years ago from Rodney Barton in 
> Texas.  I planted these outdoors in the ground in three different 
> spots.  One clump died the first winter.  The others are alive and 
> have bloomed twice.  As I recall, the show up in October here.
> Rodney also sent me some Rhodophiala bifida at the same time, and they 
> have survived outdoors in one place, but died in another.  They should 
> bloom just before the radiata do here.
> Kelly, try them in the ground, but in several different spots.  You 
> ought to find at least one place where they do well year-round.
> My first Colchicum is in bloom -- C. autumnale.  C. cilicicum usually 
> is first, but not this year.
> Regards,
> Jim Shields
> in central Indiana
> At 09:13 AM 9/6/2003 -0500, Kelly Irvin wrote:
>> Mine has turned the expected color, too. A number of my fall foliage 
>> species and hybrids are taking off now. The L. aurea var. aurea you 
>> sold me is about to bloom, again about 2 weeks ahead of my var. 
>> surgens like last season. The latter are only just now showing "signs".
>> When do you expect your L. radiata var. radiata to bloom? I know in 
>> zone 7, you can pretty much mark August 31st, give or take, on your 
>> calendar, so I am guessing mid-September here. I've not had much luck 
>> with bloom on these so far, except in pots.
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