Nov 7 -Lycoris seed

James Waddick
Sat, 12 Nov 2011 08:51:17 PST
>Jim. are those seeds true to name?

Dear Alberto and all,

	Some Lycoris species hybridize very readily. I have sent Dell 
three batches of very likely hybrids or mixes. The least crossed are 
forms of L. longituba longituba and L. longituba flavum. These 2 ssp 
vary by flower color from pure white to pastel yellow. These two ssp 
are growing together and seedlings will likely show a range of white, 
cream and pale yellow.

	A second batch is a mix of L. longituba x L. chinensis. These 
can produce a very interesting mix from golden/orange to white 
including some nice lily flowered pure yellow to those that look like 
either parent.

	The third batch is from a predominantly L. chinensis batch, 
but there are some chinensis x longituba hybrids in there and I am 
sure there are back crosses. Seedlings should favor L. chinensis, but 
are not likely to be pure species.

	 A fourth batch of seed are from L. sprengeri. This is least 
likely cross with anything else blooming at the time so should be 
reasonably pure. These seeds ripened early and some fell to the 
ground where I picked them up, but in so doing may have some other 
mixed in. The smaller seeds the more likely getting the real thing 

>How easy is it for Lycorises to hybridize with open pollination

	As mentioned above L. longituba and L. chinensis hybridize 
very readily. Ripe pods can easily produce 8 - 10 or 12 pea sized 
seeds each. Maybe more.  L. sprengeri can be crossed with other hardy 
species, but is less likely due primarily to karyotype differences. 
I do not grow any other hardy fertile species.

	Lycoris are quite slow from seed to bloom, but multiply well 
once mature.

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