“I am hoping you can provide some guidance for me regarding Lycoris radiata bulbs that have happily lived undisturbed multiplying as they are wont to do, in my south GA yard for untold years, I am always delighted when they pop up in late summer. For the last couple of years I have been dismayed to note that my husband has mowed their foliage down while mowing our lawn.
Interestingly they seemed to be thriving in several heavily shaded sections of the yard, but I digress. I had decided to move my lovely spider lilies to a safer location this past winter and I dug up a significant number of bulbs while they still had green foliage, my first mistake. . . Because there were far more bulbs than I had anticipated I had to leave the bulbs with foliage still intact in a container I made sure they were moistened and planned to prepare a larger area for their new home the next day. Cutting to the chase, my bulbs, container and all “disappeared” I thought they had been discarded and whined and mourned accordingly.
Turns out I was misled and I have found the box and the bulbs. They have been out of the ground probably 3-4 months now, a lot of the foliage is brown and withered but some is still green, a fair number of them are firm and still have roots that appear healthy (not dry or withered). I have scoured your site for info and have learned that these bulbs do not like to dry out as these obviously have, and that I pulled them up at possibly the worst possible time. . .
What are my chances of any of these bulbs remaining viable and would it be worth the effort of planting the ones that appear to be viable? If you have read all this Thank you and any advice you can provide will be deeply appreciated!
“Hello, Stephanie. Thanks for writing in. I hear you on the bulb planting woes – everyone has their story or stories.
Thankfully, the red spider lily is stalwart! I’d encourage you to go ahead and plant every one that you can lay your hands on. Some people call the red spider lily, the magic lily or the resurrection lily. Let’s turn this into some fun along with the rescue and see how many of the red spiders come back for you. You may be “surprised”! I’ve attached a stunning photo of the red spider lily to this email to inspire you with your red spider lily task.
Red spider lilies (Lycrois Radiata) from the South are heavy-hitters in my book. It’s almost like they say, “Just try to stop us from surviving!” People dig them, put them in boxes, forget about them, splice them, and still they persist. We’ve seen it time and time again at the Southern Bulb Company. So, if you are considering giving up on a bulb and just tossing it, plant it and see what happens.