Rain Lily dormancy

Rimmer deVries rdevries@comcast.net
Sat, 27 Oct 2018 12:40:42 PDT
In my limited experience, rain lilies grow leaves when it is cool and rainy  and loose most of their leaves when it is hot. I keep mine slightly watered and in growth all winter on the garage floor with minimal light. 

Currently they are still outside waiting for cold weather to arrive.  Some still are making flowers from all the recent rain. 

SE Kentucky 
Zone 6b

> On Oct 27, 2018, at 1:28 PM, Michael Kent <kenttoto@gmail.com> wrote:
> This morning, I checked on my collection of rain lilies that are stashed,
> for the winter, in the basement. I was intending to trim off dead foliage,
> etc., but instead found that nearly all of them (about 20 different
> species) are still growing. Quite a few are even sending up new leaves.
> They've been in a dark area (in their pots) without any water for a month.
> I'm not sure if the failure to enter dormancy is due to the warm, humid
> weather we experienced right up until they were transferred inside (frost
> was expected), or fertilizing at the end of August (about two weeks later
> than usual). Our temperatures were mostly in the 80's daytime, and mid-60's
> overnight until they were brought in - no consistent colder temperatures.
> However, the basement averages low/mid-50's for most of the year (except
> summer).
> Is there a way I can force the rain lilies to enter dormancy? Or, since
> they're currently using up stored energy in producing new leaves, would I
> be better off keeping them going under grow-lights all winter? I do have an
> area set up with grow lights, and could juggle plants around a bit to fit
> in the rain lilies.
> Thanks in advance for any input on the issue.
> Mike
> Finger Lakes Zone 6a - where it's currently gray and drizzly at 36 degrees,
> but I'm staying warm with the help of this year's bumper crop of hot
> peppers (which really liked the 80's and humid weather)
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