Lycoris chinensis

Lee Poulsen
Thu, 05 Jul 2012 20:59:19 PDT
My Lycoris chinensis, that I got from Jim Waddick about 4 years ago I think, started sending up a scape at the end of June and is now in full bloom. This is the first time it has bloomed for me. It is not growing in the conditions best suited for it I think. For one, southern California doesn't get anywhere close to the cold weather that I think it experiences in its native climate. And two, it has been growing in a 3 gallon pot all that time. Lycoris usually don't do well in pots. But my main question is that it seems awfully early for a  Lycoris to bloom. What is the earliest that any Lycoris species normally blooms? Any of the other Lycoris that have bloomed for me seem to be oporanthous, to use Jim McKenney's great term, meaning they have bloomed in August or September, usually before any of the winter growers come out of their summer dormancy. 

--Lee Poulsen
Pasadena, California, USA - USDA Zone 10a
Latitude 34°N, Altitude 1150 ft/350 m

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