Lycoris season 2 - L. squamigera : 2?

Adam Fikso
Mon, 09 Aug 2010 10:28:20 PDT
My own sense of Crinum and Lycoris is that their needs are quite different 
with Crinum able to tolerate quite moist and wet situations with Lycoris 
requiring good drainage and even a dry period. I also think that Lycoris is 
less tolerant of being moved.

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> On 8 Aug 2010, at 9:41, Jane McGary wrote:
>> I see a lot of interest from our eastern North American members in
>> Lycoris, but I have never been able to keep it here in the Cascade
>> foothills, for which I blame cool summer nights. However, yesterday I
>> went to a party at a great garden, that of Norm Kalbfleisch and Neil
>> Matteuci, that is less than a mile from my new house, and they had
>> huge clumps of Crinum in flower. Am I correct in thinking that if you
>> can grow Crinum well, you have a chance with Lycoris? If there is a
>> similarity in their requirements, I might try Lycoris again -- though
>> I don't think I want to use the space for Crinum.
> My experience is that of the Lycoris species, only L. squamigera survives 
> here
> (Victoria, BC), even though crinums do quite well. Don't ask me *which*
> crinums: I don't know. Some are probably the hybrids with Amaryllis.
> I have all my crinums planted fairly close to the foundation, where heat 
> from
> the basement helps keep winter frost from causing much harm.
> As for the Lycoris, I've always suspected that the issue for me is the
> narcissus fly. Around here the flies are so prevalent, thanks to 
> indestructible
> old narcissus cultivars lurking in waste places, that such lovelies as the
> triandrus hybrid narcissus cultivars (e.g. Thalia, Liberty Bells) last 
> only one
> season, and then they are gone.
> -- 
> Rodger Whitlock
> Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
> Maritime Zone 8, a cool Mediterranean climate
> on beautiful Vancouver Island
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