Lycoris squamigera in warm climates

erick lux
Mon, 28 Jul 2014 15:12:11 PDT
Hi Nathan,

I've killed *Lycoris squamigera* in USDA hardiness zone 9 (Orange County,
CA)....many times.  They grow and flower the first year planted, often
return, but not bloom the next. By year 3 they're gone.


On Mon, Jul 28, 2014 at 2:34 PM, Nathan Lange <> wrote:

> Is anyone successfully growing and flowering Lycoris squamigera in USDA
> hardiness zone 9 (average annual extreme minimum temperature of 20F, -7C)?
> I have never seen them in flower along the coast or in the interior valleys
> of California. The plants are often described by bulb vendors as suitable
> for areas as warm as zones 8 or 9 but I suspect the bulbs require too much
> vernalization (more than tulips) to flower in areas with warm winters. All
> the reported online sightings of this species flowering in California seem
> to be misidentified Amaryllis belladonna plants which are somewhat similar
> in appearance and flowering time. I was hoping to grow L. squamigera
> without refrigeration.
> Nathan
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