Lycoris & dormany

James Waddick
Mon, 04 Aug 2003 06:00:57 PDT
>2 years ago I received Lycoris as a trade from some friends in the USA.
>These have so far never bloomed and gave never come into leaf yet the bulbs
>are healthy. Any ideas what is going on?

Dear MArk;
	You didn't mention what time of year you received and planted 
the bulbs. Lycoris dormancy is brief in mid-summmer even though they 
may have been leafless for weeks before and after. Also bulbs dug, 
dried and rootless are even more stressed. Also what species. I have 
had apparently healthy bulbs sit underground for up to 3 years - 
possbly growing new rots and 'settling' before putting up healthy 
foliage and flowers. L. chinensi ans L caldwellii both have done this.

	Speaking of Lycoris;

	Although we are experiencing a severe drought (officially 
proclaimed along with a couple dozen neighboring counties in NW 
Missouri. The July rain fall was the lowest on record with .1 inch 
for the entire month.), I have noticed L. squamigera blooming around 
town , probably where lawn sprinklers catch it. In my parched garden 
I have a couple L. sanguinea in bloom and a few stalks popping out of 
L. squamigera.
	I was fairly certain that bloom was triggered by fall rain 
after a hot dry, but maybe not. See what blooms and IF it EVER rains. 
back to the frawing board.

		Jim W.
Dr. James W. Waddick
8871 NW Brostrom Rd.
Kansas City Missouri 64152-2711
Ph.    816-746-1949
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