Lycoris season 2 - L. squamigera : 2?

J.E. Shields
Sun, 08 Aug 2010 10:00:36 PDT
The cold-hardy Lycoris we grow here in central Indiana -- LL. chinensis, 
longituba, sprengeri, squamigera -- probably need cold winters and warm 
summers, and plenty of water.  I don't know how cool nights would affect 
them, but I suspect that too-warm winters would cause problems.

Crinums from South Africa are accustomed to cool nights in summer.  I think 
they would be worth trying if you have the space.  Less voluminous species 
include CC. lugardiae, minimum/waltheri (sp?), kirkii, lineare, 
carlo-schmidtii, and broussonetii (off the top of my head).  The last three 
species need summer-bog growing conditions.  Seed is usually available in 
summer through the IBS SX.

The Lycoris bulbs grow fairly shallow while the Crinum can grow quite deep, 
so you might even be able to interplant the two genera, if the winter 
moisture levels turn out to be sufficiently compatible.

Jim Shields
in central Indiana

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