TOW: Have you ever...?

James Waddick
Mon, 25 Aug 2003 07:46:05 PDT
>Cathy wrote;
>"This weeks topic is: Have you ever planted a bulb and had it disappear from
>sight and thought you had lost it only to rediscover it 4-6 years later?...
>Lycoris bulbs ... planted these bulbs 12 inches deep!
>I resigned myself to no lycoris bulbs.
>Eventually all three appeared..."

Dear All;
	I have mentioned the reluctance of Lycoris to settle down and 
have many times heard a similar story. I have told this one before 
,but it is worth repeating:
	Fall -planed 25 L. chinensis late in the season (none bloomed)
	Spring 1 - only 3 appeared with foliage none bloomed
	Spring 2 -22 appeared with foliage none bloomed
	Spring 3- all 25 appeared with foliage and many bloomed, some 
with multiple stalks.

	The story usually goes	"I bought bulbs from you 3( or 4 or 
5) years ago and they didn't come up. I assumed they were dead. This 
fall I looked out towards the garden and saw a patch of (insert color 
here - yellow, white purple). When I investigated all the bulbs were 
in full bloom and were gorgeous."
	This year although the drought stress continues, many new 
bulbs planted 1, 2 or 3 years ago are up and blooming (some for the 
very first time) including some wonderful hybrids, one with royal 
purple buds that open white rimmed in an undescribable pink-ish tone. 
L. incarnata is proving itself another to add to the mainstay list of 
'squamigera, longituba chinensis and sprengeri*'. I may even get a 
bloom on L. rosea - very marginally hardy and rarely blooms, but the 
heat and drought may have won this over. Same for xhaywardii which is 
normally a shy bloomer here, but putting on a  dazzling display with 
its rich pink flower heads.
	L. sprengeri are varying from intense blue to faded pink with 
blue highlights, but all are lovely. One has lovely striped petals.
	Many ( caldwellii, straminea, radiata etc.)are still not 
showing signs yet.

	Yes patience is needed for those bulbs shy to settle down.

		Jim W.

* It continues to amaze me about the deficit in American gardens due 
to the rarity of Lycoris longituba chinensis and sprengeri. All three 
are equally trouble free, but, compared to L. squamigera which is 
very common, these remain rare. I put a blame on the early English 
(primarily) plant explorers who collected these, but found they did 
not do well in English gardens so they never got a proper 
distribution world wide as they surely deserve.
	Similarly, now that many 'new' species and hybrids are 
appearing in the US someone really needs to select a few (like some 
good forms of L. chinensis, L longituba flavum, all blue L. sprengeri 
and others) and propagate the heck out of it for commercial 
distribution. They deserve to be in many more gardens. Tissue culture 

	Best		Jim W.

Dr. James W. Waddick
8871 NW Brostrom Rd.
Kansas City Missouri 64152-2711
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