Bananas! NOW Lycoris!

Kelly Irvin
Fri, 06 Jun 2003 10:35:56 PDT
Very interesting observation, Diana. I have a number of Lycoris in a 
winter house which remained covered until the beginning of May, a little 
longer than I have left plastic on before. Needless to say, due to very 
poor ventilating capability with this house, April proved to provide 
some very hot conditions for the structure. Shortly after the first rain 
on the uncovered winter house, a few of my Lycoris have sent up flower 
stalks, one clump I am sure flowered for me last fall. Here it is the 
first week of June, and I have in bloom:

1. An unlabeled white fall foliage spider lily, probably L. 
xhoudyshelii, and probably from Jim Waddick. Anyway it looks a bit 
similar to the L. xhoudyshelii I received at the IBS California meeting 
last spring (all appears normal).

2. Lycoris radiata v. pumila x L. xrosea (all appears normal - bloomed 
last fall, too)

3. L. straminea (on a very short stalks only a few inches high and not 
quite bloomed yet)

A couple dozen other clumps are in the house of other species and 
varieties, and they did not send up flowers.

Photos of these and other flower bulbs taken in the last few days may be 
viewed for the next 24 hours at:…

diana chapman wrote:

>I should add as far as Lycoris is concerned, though, that when I moved from
>the very hot interior of California to the coastal region all pots were
>loaded in a van in temperatures of 108F (probably more inside the van).
>When they were unloaded on the coast, the temperature was about 55F (this is
>normal summer temperature here).  The drop in temperature induced just about
>every bulb to bloom.  It was quite amazing.
>Telos Rare Bulbs
Mr. Kelly M. Irvin
The Bulbmeister
4407 Town Vu Road
Bentonville, AR 72712

USDA Cold Hardiness Zone 6b


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