How to Propagate Lycoris Radiata


The Lycoris radiate, which is originated from Japan, is among the favorite pass along plant especially in the southern part of the United States. The plant, also known as the red spider lily was taught to be a native plant in the U.S. before its origin is made known by researcher. You would be able to view its bright red flowers with knee-high stems that will erupt right from the surface of the ground in a bright and superb show of color during the fall season just when you see the summer flowers started to fade away. The red spider lily or Lycoris radiate has the ability to produce bulbs in a fast manner and effectively. Gardener’s who planted this type of plants normally never short of the plants to share among family members, friends or neighbors. The Lycoris radiata plants are also well liked by hummingbirds and insect pollinators.

To propagate lycoris radiata, you need:

  • Turning fork or shovel
  • Compost or well-rotted manure
  • Garden rake
  • Bone and blood meal
  • Garden gloves

Propagating Lycoris Radiata

How to Propagate Lycoris Radiata

  • The first thing that you need to do is to dig the Lycoris radiata bulbs during the spring season when you notice that its foliage has died completely.
    • In order for you to loosen up and remove its clump away from the ground, you need to use a turning fork.
    • You should also trim the dead foliage to enable the bulb to maintain a short neck.

Always remember that all species of Lycoris are poisonous. Even though it is low in toxic, it is recommended that you keep them away from your children and pets. Ensure that you always wash your hands right after handling the Lycoris if you are not wearing any hand gloves during the process.

  • Next step that you need to do is to set the bulbs on the ground so that you can gently separate them.
    • Make sure to sort the bulbs according to size.
    • You must know that large bulbs normally bloom the following years after you plant them while small bulbs takes several years to produce its flowers.
    • Once the plant started to bloom, the bulbs will also produce a clump of fleshy, strap-shaped or dark green leaves that will remain through much of the winter season.
  • Then, you need to place them in an area that has full or partial sunlight.
    • Next, you have to turn at least 6 inches of compost or well-rotted manure onto the top 12 inches of the plant’s soil.
    • Once finished doing the above step, you need to rake the ground in order for you to level it before you start to dig holes at least 6 inches apart.
    • After that, you have to add 1 table spoon of blood and bone meal that you have mixed together into the bottom of the plants hole.
  • Finally, you need to add one bulb for each of the hole that you have created and alternating it, according to the size of the bulbs.
    • Then, you can cover the bulbs by using the neck just beneath the surface of the soil.
    • Make sure that you tamp down the soil surrounding the bulbs.
    • Once you have finished doing the above step, you can already water the plant.

Ensure that you water the Lycoris radiate slowly and deeply whenever the plants begin to wilt. By watering twice right after a few minutes apart would help pushed the water to soak deeper.

  • You should also dig and divide corms, rhizomes, and tubers if you notice that your plants are not growing actively or do not produce any flower.
    • Make sure you replant the Lycoris radiate immediately especially in a well-drained garden soil or you can even store them in cool, dray places right until the appropriate season for you to plant them back again.

    Always remember that whenever you want to propagate lycoris radiata

    • Make sure that you do not cut foliage back on red spider lilies right until the plant has died completely. Only at this period the bulbs will feed off of the foliage. Once all the foliage has died, you can start to dig the spider lilies.
    • Make a practice to water the plant during the morning in order to avoid any diseases caused by night watering.
    • Do not over water the Lycoris radiate because it could cause more root problems.
    • In order to reduce water evaporation especially on hot or dry weather, you can also set some mulch onto the ground.
    • If you are encountering dry climates, you must ensure that during dry climates, it is recommended that you form a soil “ring” around the Lycoris plants so that you would be able to hold water for a longer period of time.

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