Pro Lycoris versus nothing

Jim McKenney
Sun, 15 Aug 2004 14:23:22 PDT
At 02:57 PM 8/15/2004 -0500, Jim Waddick wrote:

>no flowers (ever) on Amaryllis.

Jim, you're obviously a bird-in-the-hand-is-worth-two-in-the-bush type

You don't mention how you are growing the Amaryllis. Are you growing them
outside in the ground? I wouldn't expect them to have much of a chance in
your area treated that way. 

Are you growing them in pots? Big pots? 

Inquiring minds want to know!

And when you write:
>2 months of a succession of 20 species and 
>selections of Lycoris

don't forget, most of us would have trouble assembling a Lycoris collection
with a third or a fourth of the ones you have. So for most gardeners, "duh"
has nothing to do with it. 

Jim McKenney
Montgomery County, Maryland, USA, USDA zone 7, where a measly six different
Lycoris have bloomed from bulbs, many of which eventually provided a feast
for the bulb fly larvae. 

>Dear All;
>	Sorry, been on another peony project and slow to respond.
>	It is no contest: 2 months of a succession of 20 species and 
>selections of Lycoris versus no flowers (ever) on Amaryllis*. Duh.
>	Right now Lycoris incarnata is producing a nice show in a 
>couple patches. This has proven to be both remarkably hardy and 
>vigorous. The buds are an intense pink, but flowers open white with 
>each petal showing a rich pink mid-line. Undeniable 'peppermint' 
>quality. This is a medium size lycoris in all aspects and blooms as 
>the last of the L. chinensis/longituba and their hybrids are fading. 
>L. caldwellii should be next in line.
>	I can't agree more about the pitiful shape of Lycoris sold in 
>fall. The bulbs should be dug, divided and replanted in July or 
>August. By Oct and November they are extremely stressed and bulbs 
>bought then are half dead. I've never had them wait 5 years, but 2 or 
>3 years is not unusual before they show themselves again and add a 
>year from bloom.
>	Best	Jim W.
>* I have 4 or 5 varieties, but have been giving these away to other 
>more gullible local gardeners who think they can get this to bloom 
>here. Some in 10 years plus have produce nary a petal.
>Dr. James W. Waddick
>8871 NW Brostrom Rd.
>Kansas City Missouri 64152-2711
>Ph.    816-746-1949
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