Another Lycoris Trick

James Waddick
Wed, 03 Sep 2003 17:06:15 PDT
Dear all;
	I recently pondered the effect of drought on Lycoris bloom initiation.

	After 2 1/2 months of near total drought, a patch of 25 L. 
chinensis produced a single short flower stalk. Last weekend we had 7 
inches of rain over two days and it soaked in very nicely. Within 24 
hours and almost visibly this same  patch of bulbs is producing 40 
flowering stalks some even blooming as they emerged (very odd) and 
some reaching nearly full size. I can't recall stalks emerging with 
such such synchrony and speed.

	It has taken a few more days, but the traditionally later to 
bloom L. caldwellii have now started to pop. They look like they will 
be normal in regard to numbers and height, but the still closed buds 
appear to have a slight pink tinge to them which I don't really 
recall. Flowers should be a pale yellow. Is this a heat or drought 

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