Lycoris radiata dormancy

Jim McKenney
Wed, 18 Oct 2006 07:11:39 PDT
When garden daffodils become dormant at the end of the growing season, not
only does the foliage die down but the roots die leaving a dormant, rootless


Does Lycoris radiata do the same thing? That is, do the bulbs go through the
summer rootless, or do they retain functioning roots even when there is no
active foliage? Although I've grown this plant off and on for nearly a half
century - from back in the days when they were sold in dime stores as Nerine
sarniensis -  for the life of me I don't know what happens with them during
the summer. 


And what happens with other Lycoris species?


There are some Lycoris growing in this garden which have been out there for
decades without blooming. The foliage suggests that of L. radiata. Later
today, if things dry out, I'm going to move them to a sunny spot. No doubt
they are actively rooting now (the foliage is up six or eight inches). Next
year, if I'm still here, I'll let you know what happened. 


BTW, my spell checker automatically corrects radiata to radiate; I think
I've changed them all back to radiata; if I missed one, sorry.  



Jim McKenney

Montgomery County, Maryland, USA, USDA zone 7, where I'll be digging for my
own buried treasure this afternoon. 


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