Will Lycoris grow from purchased, packaged bulbs?
I've been trying for years to get a stand of Lycoris squamigera started. My family grew it for generations without problems, in Illinois. The flowers are gone now, along with my family members.
I have one bulb that comes up annually, then the leaves die down, but no flowers. I've planted many others - not a cheap process - and none have grown. Maybe one other that also died.
Researching the internet, I see that they often don't bloom for 2 or 3 years after planting. Also, they really resent being moved. Some authors give up after a few tries. I don't want to move or replant the one that I have growing, for this reason. It has not bloomed, ever, but has been growing for about 4 years.
I've read that they are planted 6 inches deep, or with the neck at ground level. I've read that they grow in warmer climates than I live in (W. Washington state, Zone 7 or 8), and I know they'll grow colder.
I'm wondering if the purchased bulbs are just false promises, not likely to grow and a waste of money. Some writers claim that L. squamigera are very easy. Others claim nearly impossible.
I also have some L radiata that I just bought. I'm wondering if they will be easier. But I really want the L squamigera.
I grow all of the other usual bulbs with no problems - tulips, narcissus, leucanthus, scilla, muscari, erythronium, and many more.
So the main questions are:
For Lycoris squamigera, are purchased bulbs useless, or do they grow?
Should they be planted 6" deep, or near the surface?
Are L. radiata easier to get started?
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