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rain lilies/fairy lilies wont bloom

Posted by mye3suns z8NC (My Page) on
Wed, Aug 19, 09 at 9:58

I have rain lilies. the leaves have to be at least 10 inches long. lots of leaves...no flowers. What am I doing wrong? how do I get them to flower? I've had them for a year and a half now.


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RE: rain lilies/fairy lilies wont bloom

Do you know what species you have? Some of my Zephyranthes and Habranthus are blooming now, but my Zephyranthes candida typically don't start blooming until Sept.


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RE: rain lilies/fairy lilies wont bloom

Try lifting them and let them dry off for a month and replant


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RE: rain lilies/fairy lilies wont bloom

Spazzycat,

I just dug up over 2,000 rain lilies to take with me as the highway dept was demolishing the old family home. I've raised many of the from seeds, but it seems to take years to go from seed to bulb to bloom. Mine bloom only in the Spring when the temps and barometric pressure coincide. They'll keep their leaves up for gathering strength to bloom next year. As they age, they'll pull themselves deeper into the soil - probably because they are searching for more water. They are great drought tolerant bulbs as you know.

I hope you start saving the seed heads and start your own bulbs for blooming one day.

Xtal


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