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

J.E. Shields
Sat, 06 Sep 2003 07:36:04 PDT
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.

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.

Jim Shields             USDA Zone 5             Shields Gardens, Ltd.
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