Lycoris update

J.E. Shields
Mon, 25 Aug 2003 13:17:55 PDT
Hi all,

We expect Lycoris like squamigera, chinensis, longituba, and sprengeri to 
be hardy here in central Indiana.  They are, and many are in bloom now.

Also coming up in flower are a few hybrids.  For instance, [chinensis x 
haywardii] is in bloom in one spot.  In another, the first scape of the 
Chinese variety 'Sky Over Sky' is up.  The hybrid [sprengeri x chinensis] 
is starting to bloom, too.  Lycoris caldwellii is up and about to open in 
one spot.  L. caldwellii in several other places here are not showing any 
signs of blooming.  All these bulbs came from China through the hard work 
of Jim Waddick.

Not Lycoris, but hardy, is Gladiolus x-gandavensis.  I thought we had lost 
them all over the past wet and cold winter, but they are up.  We did lose a 
lot of them, so I think I will lift and divide the survivors this 
Fall.  Gladiolus oppositiflorus salmoneus left out in a nursery bed over 
last winter are also blooming.  The G. o. salmoneus planted everywhere else 
outdoors failed to survive the winter.  Which goes to show, you have to try 
things in lots of different places in your garden!

Best regards to all,

Jim Shields

Jim Shields             USDA Zone 5             Shields Gardens, Ltd.
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