A further note on the contested L. aurea with seed.

Kelly Irvin kelly@irvincentral.com
Tue, 04 Sep 2007 10:19:14 PDT

Way back in '01 you ordered from me L. chinensis. In '04 you ordered L. 
aurea v. surgens. Maybe you are seeing L. chinensis in bloom, as Jim 
suggested? Mine only started blooming the last week of August with one 
or two new stalks still coming up now. In the past, I've taken pictures 
of L. chinensis in bloom as early as August 21st and as late as 
September 16th here in zone 6.

Lycoris seed is pretty easy, I think. I'm sure there are better ways to 
do it, but I've been quite successful simply using regular potting 
medium, saturating it, then pressing fresh seeds into the surface, 
making sure to leave the top of the seed visible. Ideally, place it in 
the shade and create a little greenhouse with a clear plastic bag. I 
like to strip the flag off of two marker flags, bend, and stick into the 
pot to support the clear bag. A one gallon bag works well on a one 
gallon pot. This will keep you from having to water very much. When you 
do water avoid dislodging the seed. The seed will send down a root 
radical now but will wait until spring to send up the foliage. Actually, 
it's even easier to take a plastic bag and pull it down completely over 
the pot and securing with a rubber band, sort of making for yourself 
what looks like a bongo drum. Once inspections show that roots have 
emerged, you can remove the plastic, if used, and water occasionally 
through the winter months. I speculate, in a pot, it would be best to 
protect from severe cold.

Adam Fikso wrote:
> I just remembered a detail that may be important.  As the flower aged, it
> acquired an orange tint, approaching the faded dusty orange of L.
> sanguinea, (as I have it labeled), which bloomed and finished about a month
> before.
Mr. Kelly M. Irvin
10850 Hodge Ln
Gravette, AR 72736
USDA Cold Hardiness Zone 6a/b


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