Lycoris seedlings

James Waddick
Thu, 08 Jul 2010 07:40:10 PDT
>Last year I got some Lycoris seeds from the seed exchange, and ever 
>curious, knocked open their pots today to see how they are doing
>I'd like to know what potting mixes are used by more experienced 
>Lycoris growers.

Dear Kathleen,
	I don't think soil mix is nearly as important as 'situation'. 
Lycoris "hate" pots.  Although I have had small pots full of one year 
seedlings these rarely survive to a 2nd. Seeds sown in large pots and 
thinly give better results, but the best chance is sowing them 
directly in the soil.
	Even adult bulbs in pots rarely bloom or well.

	Self sown seedlings appear all the time from fertile species.

	On a more practical nature I've grown seed in soil less mixes 
of peat and bark, garden soil/sand mixes and other odds and ends. 
Equal success and failure. I suggest ridiculously large pots or deep 
bulb crates filled with soil.

	Best and remember these are very slow to reach blooming size.

		Best		Jim W.
Dr. James W. Waddick
8871 NW Brostrom Rd.
Kansas City Missouri 64152-2711
Ph.    816-746-1949
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