The Amaryllis Family: Propagation

Lycoris Chipping

We undertook to propagate Lycoris bulbs using bulb chips. While older plantings of Lycoris often have large numbers of bulbs in clusters, the actual rate of increase is rather slow on an annual basis.

Lycoris squamigera bulbs.  (c) Copyright 2004 by Shields Gardens Ltd.  All rights reserved. Large, healthy bulbs of Lycoris squamigera were dug from a garden in late summer. They had been standing bare at room temperature for several weeks when used in these experiments. The bulbs were washed thoroughly in water and much of the dry tunic material was removed. Finally, the bulbs were disinfected by prolonged soaking in Consan 20 solution (1 tablespoon [ca. 15 mL] of Consan 20 in 1 U.S. gallon [ca. 3.78 L] of tap water).

Bulbs were cut while immersed in the dilute Consan 20 solution. The bulbs were partitioned vertically into halves, then into quarters, and into eighths, all vertically cut. Finally some of the one-eighth sections were cut transversely into 1/16ths.

Lycoris squamigera bulbs in halves.  (c) Copyright 2004 by Shields Gardens Ltd.  All rights reserved.

The chips were placed in trays or pots of vermiculite and perlite. These were placed in a warm room at 80°F days and 70°F nights. After about 6 weeks, numerous bulblets had formed on many of the chips.

Lycoris squamigera bulb chips at 6 weeks.  (c) Copyright 2004 by Shields Gardens Ltd.  All rights reserved.
Lycoris squamigera Bulb Chips at Six Weeks.


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