Another Lycoris Trick

Kelly Irvin
Wed, 03 Sep 2003 17:13:14 PDT

I've only got a clump of the L. caldwellii, and I was wondering why the 
flower bud looked pink, too. It's not the clump that bloomed last year, 
though, so it could be an off-type. It will probably open yellow. L. 
chinensis responded well to the same rain, here. Only a handful had come 
up before, but I am about to see several dozen in full bloom in the next 
day or two.

James Waddick wrote:

> 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 
> effect?
>     To be continued.     Best    Jim W.

Mr. Kelly M. Irvin
The Bulbmeister
4407 Town Vu Road
Bentonville, AR 72712

USDA Cold Hardiness Zone 6b


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