Getting Rain Lilies to Bloom

patty allen
Sun, 24 Nov 2013 04:49:24 PST
Is there a possibility of a  hippeastrum in the ancestry of your large pink flowered rain lily?  A great many of the Hipps. have a maroon stripe down the center of the leaves, even as they emerge from a seed into seedlings.

Patty Allen
 Humble, Tx.

-----Original Message-----
>From: "Leo A. Martin" <>
>Sent: Nov 23, 2013 4:22 PM
>Subject: Re: [pbs] Getting Rain Lilies to Bloom
>I have a little experience with several summer-growing clones of various unnamed rain
>lilies. Our summer is very hot by most people's standards, and rain occurs, but is not
>Habranthus tubispathus blooms, even in smallish containers, in late summer, when we have
>the first few cooling nights. I have not tried this in the ground. Every flower sets
>seed. It is more or less evergreen here, but I keep it in the shade. Plus, the
>containers I use are tall and narrow, so they don't dry out as fast as would short,
>squat containers.
>A large pink-flowered plant with maroon undersides to the straplike leaves grows and
>multiplies just fine in the ground in full sun if it gets some water. It blooms with
>each summer rain, but not necessarily with each watering. In a container, even 1 gallon
>or larger, it often goes dormant for the entire summer. Its leaves emerge when the first
>cool nights occur and it blooms sporadically some time after. Its tunics are dark brown,
>whether wet or dry. It has never set seed, even after hand-pollination with another rain
>Two narrow-leaved rain lilies bought years (decades?) ago remain unidentified since
>avian or canine garden assistants removed many unsightly labels. Both have white
>flowers. Both have tan tunics. Both are dormant all summer in 1-gallon or slightly
>larger containers, emerging in the fall. I have not tried these in the ground. Neither
>has set seed, but then I have not tried hand pollination.
>One has near-cylindric, grassy, bright green leaves of small diameter that stand
>upright, like tall grass. I suspect it is Z. candida. It is in full fresh foliage with
>buds, and had we not had 2 solid days' worth of rain they might have opened today. I
>will try and take a picture if it opens tomorrow.
>The other has wider, grayish-green, straplike leaves that relax over the container edge.
>I suspect it may be Z. drummondii. This one is emerging but is not as far along as the
>It may be I am just not able to keep them wet enough in these containers, and they would
>perform better in the ground, as does the large-flowered pink one.
>Leo Martin
>Phoenix Arizona USA
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