James Waddick
Sat, 08 May 2004 06:56:48 PDT
Dear all;
	Because commercial Lycoris are almost routinely mishandled 
(dug early, dried and stored too long) they enter the garden 
stressed. Bulbs can take up to 3 years or more to recover and bloom 
properly. I'd guess that it is more common to have some stress than 
not from most suppliers.

	As for hardiness in Southern Zones. There are two distinct 
sub-genera in the genus. The group that includes L. squamigera has 
spring foliage and comes from more northern locations and does no do 
well in the south. The second group which includes L. radiata and has 
foliage that appears in the fall does best in southern locations. L. 
aurea(the true species which is not as common as some substitutes) 
does not much like frost of any sort. It naturally occurs in  and 
near tropical regions of S. Asia.

	Thus do not grow northern species in the south-they hate it. 
Grow warm climate species and have regular good bloom in the south.

	Jim W.
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