Question about Naked Ladies

J.E. Shields
Fri, 14 Dec 2007 06:27:36 PST
Hi Marguerite and all,

Besides what Kelly mentioned, I might add that Lycoris squamigera usually 
needs some pretty cold weather in winter to be able to grow and 
survive.  I'm not sure where Descanso is, but I'll bet you don't get  much 
frost in winter!  This being the case, you can probably safely assume that 
any "Naked Lady" you see in Southern California is Amaryllis belladonna, 
not Lycoris squamigera.

Now, having said that, has anyone grown Lycoris squamigera successfully in 
Southern California?

Lycoris squamigera and some of the other hardy Lycoris do rather well here 
in the Midwest, but I've found over the years that Amaryllis belladonna and 
the various Brunsvigia are almost impossible to grow here, even with 
greenhouses.  Just the reverse of what I assume holds for Southern California.

Best wishes,
Jim Shields
in cold central Indiana (USA) where a winter storm seems to be on its way

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