Lycoris culture

Kelly Irvin
Thu, 06 Aug 2015 13:46:41 PDT
Jim McK:

My observations of the spring foliage Lycoris would be in close 
agreement though I would not yet err on the side of continual moisture 
during dormancy, because I suspect this makes for uneven blooming 
(which I am experiencing so far this season). Not quite sure. Most of 
the semi-hardy fall foliage Lycoris are not well endowed in the bulb 
department, so I'm fairly confident they benefit at least from a great 
amount of moisture while in foliage.

As dormant Lycoris don't lose their roots, I believe a certain minimum 
amount of moisture is necessary during dormancy to maintain bulb 
health. Bottom line, I don't believe in any benefit from drought 
conditions. If no rain or irrigation occurs after about 6 weeks during 
dormant season, I believe my Lycoris suffer damage (shrinkage) and the 
bloom is negatively affected.

Mr. Kelly M. Irvin
10850 Hodge Ln
Gravette, AR 72736

Home Phone: 479-787-9958

USDA Cold Hardiness Zone 6a/b


On 8/6/15 3:19 PM, Jim McKenney wrote:
> All of this suggests to me that generous summer water during their dormancy might be good for these plants.

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