Rhodophyela bifida?

J.E. Shields jshields@indy.net
Fri, 07 Sep 2007 05:20:37 PDT
Hi all,

Rhodophiala bifida must need fairly extreme conditions to bloom.   They 
probably need hot summers and cold winters, neither of which Mary Sue has 
at her current home.

I have some R. bifida bulbs from Texas, and they survive outdoors here in 
at least one unprotected spot year-round.  We got some rain today, so maybe 
they will bloom soon.  I don't think the R. bifida need dry summers, since 
we often have a lot of summer rain (just not this year, 
unfortunately).  Our summers are hot and our winters are cold.

We have some Lycoris radiata radiata here too, that survive and sometimes 
bloom, but definitely do not thrive outdoors in the ground.  The diploid 
form of L. radiata does not survive here.

At 06:20 PM 9/6/2007 -0700, you wrote:
>To all,  My beautiful oxblood Rhodophiala is in full bloom. It has bloomed 
>every year for 10 years in a semi neglected pot in hot dry inland No. 
>Calif. Interestingly, Mary Sue, a much better gardener, cannot get hers to 
>bloom 40 miles west, on the moist Pacific coast. The label is long gone, 
>but I think it is R. bifida. Sincerely,  Bob Werra

Jim Shields             USDA Zone 5             Shields Gardens, Ltd.
P.O. Box 92              WWW:    http://www.shieldsgardens.com/
Westfield, Indiana 46074, USA
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