Lycoris Planting Challege!

James Waddick
Mon, 04 Jun 2012 11:36:46 PDT
>I have a bag of L. squamigera that were dug this past weekend at a 
>farm in Michigan. An expert from MOBOT said they should be plamted 
>righ away with an inch or two of the top left exposed.
>Bill Lee

Dear Bill,
	You don't say where you are planting them  - MI, St. Louis?

	These should be planted as soon as possible and kept slightly 
moist until you are ready. Mist the bulbs and keep in cool shaded 
spot in a zip loc bag for a week or two if needed. Do not allow them 
to dry out totally.

	In Zone 5/6 the bulbs should be covered, but just. Keep the 
top of the bulb at or just below ground level;  water well after 
planting and then let them be. Hopefully some may bloom this year, 
yet, but they may take 2 or 3 years to settle down and then expect 
regular annual flowering. L. squamigera is one of the most 
accommodating and easiest of the Lycoris in mid-US.

			Best		Jim W.
Dr. James W. Waddick
8871 NW Brostrom Rd.
Kansas City Missouri 64152-2711
Ph.    816-746-1949
Zone 5 Record low -23F
	Summer 100F +

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