Fwd: PBS website contact:Lycoris

Eugene Zielinski eez55@earthlink.net
Wed, 12 Sep 2018 15:48:05 PDT
I would like to echo Cynthia's thanks to Tony Avent for this valuable information.
I lived in central Pennsylvania for many years and can vouch for the fact that Lycoris radiata cannot tolerate the winters there.  They may survive a year or two but the snow and freezing temperatures destroy the foliage pretty quickly.  L. (x)squamigera, on the other hand, grew very well there, pretty much thriving on neglect.
Quite the opposite situation when I lived in Augusta, Georgia.  L. radiata bloomed beautifully in late summer while L. (x)squamigera was nowhere to be found.

Eugene Zielinski
Prescott Valley, Arizona
USA

-----Original Message-----
>From: Cynthia Mueller <cynthiasbulbs@hotmail.com>
>Sent: Sep 12, 2018 2:14 PM
>To: Pacific Bulb Society <pbs@lists.pacificbulbsociety.net>
>Subject: Re: [pbs] Fwd: PBS website contact:///Lycoris/
>
>Thank you, Tony, for setting down on paper all these important differences.
>
>Cynthia W Mueller
>
>> On Sep 12, 2018, at 3:57 PM, Tony Avent <Tony@plantdelights.com> wrote:
>> 
>> Hi Jane;
>> 
>> Hopefully this will help.
>> 
>> Based on the extensive body of DNA research, and confirmed in our field trials, there are only 7 lycoris species, with 1 still tbd...a far cry from the 13-20 often cited.
>> 
>> Two of the lycoris species have foliage that emerges in fall, and five have foliage that emerges in late winter/early spring.  Because all lycoris are winter-growing, the foliage emergence times determines their ability to withstand winter cold.  Areas with extremely cold temperatures in early fall that remains so all winter may actually delay foliage emergence, making the plant more winter hardy than in conditions with fluctuating winter temperatures.
>> 
>> Those species with fall-emerging leaves are generally winter-hardy to Zone 7....some clones slightly more, some slightly less...
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