Lcoris (Propagation Advice Solicited)

James Waddick via pbs
Sun, 18 Oct 2020 08:33:07 PDT
Dear David,

	I am NOT an expert on fall foliage Lycoris or growing condition in FL, but here’s my 2 cents

	L. radiata hardly needs encouragement to grow like a weed in mild climate. ( <>).  My limited experience suggests it multiplies like crazy and can easily become a weed especially in a mild climate and near constant moisture. The common form is a sterile triploid but a vigorous grower. 

	I have even less familiarity wit h L. aurea, but there are a number of ‘cytoraces’ of this species. These are morphologically similar groups with a variety of chromsomes and arrangements meaning some will be fertile diploids and others infertile oddities. If your plant produces seed  you have the luck of the draw. Seeds should be pressed into rich soil when fully ripe ( black and shiny). Do not allow them to dry out. Wait  upwards of 7 years for first flowering.

	Most of the other questions on growing are available own PBS wiki pages. They are not especially demanding ex sept for their odd seasonal growing behavior. 

	good luck		Jim W. 

ps if you can find this article you might find it interesting:  Lycoris: From seed to flower in less than two years. by M. Williams, The Amaryllis Year Book, Plant Life 1980

> On Oct 17, 2020, at 8:59 AM, David Gray via pbs <> wrote:
> Hi All -
> I've been a pbs member and pbs list lurker for a number of years now.  I
> still consider myself to be a bulb novice, but I have learned a lot from
> other pbs members.
> I am enjoying all the recent discussion about Lycoris as these are some of
> my favorite plants (although I only have experience with L. radiata and L.
> aurea).  I do know there have been a number of scientific papers on Lycoris
> discussed within the pbs list over the last couple of years and I have
> read, and attempted to understand, many of them.  Although I have a
> scientific "mind" by training, my field is in the physical sciences - so my
> biological science knowledge is, admittedly, very limited.  I have invested
> some time in conducting some "homework" about Lycoris and have read the
> very informative Lycoris material (Garden Lycoris and More) by James W.
> Waddick on the pbs website.
> I'm at the point now where I would like to begin actively propagating some
> Lycoris in order to increase my flower display.  I am wondering if any
> Lycoris "experts" are willing to share specifics about their propagation
> methods?  I realize some members have commercial interests and may be
> reluctant to share their "trade secrets" - which I fully understand and
> respect.  However, if anyone is willing to share any advice - I will
> greatly appreciate it.  My interest is in vegetative propagation of L.
> radiata and L. aurea and sexual propagation of L. aurea.
> Certainly I'll be grateful for any general advice given, but I'm hopeful I
> may get rather detailed information to include:
> Vegetative Propagation:
> Specific bulb sectioning (or other vegetative method) protocol(s) that seem
> best
> Any specific bulb preparation requirements prior to sectioning
> Time of year to section (or, perhaps more specifically, phase in the bulb's
> annual growth cycle)
> Recipe for the medium in which bulb sections are "planted"
> Recommended temperature(s)
> Recommended lighting (if any)
> Recommended humidity levels or suggestions for obtaining proper humidity
> levels
> Other critical factors for success
> Any recommended differences in these items between L. radiata and L. aurea
> Sexual Propagation of L. aurea:
> Any "tricks" for pollination (I am hopeful I finally have a few seeds
> currently developing after several years of attempts)
> How long does it take the seeds to reach "maturity"
> Recipe for the medium in which seeds are planted
> Protocol(s) to facilitate germination
> Tips for growing on and planting out
> Thoughts on # of years to reach flowering stage from seed
> Certainly I don't "expect" anyone to take the time to provide me with a
> Cliff's Notes summary of all their Lycoris knowledge they've spent a
> lifetime learning - but I will be grateful for any shared advice.
> Best regards,
> David Gray
> Northwest Florida
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