red spider lily seeds???????

tink62December 2, 2006

I have no clue...

I let the tops dry on stem then collected the whole top part. but don't know what to do next....

any ideas??????



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Hi Tink,
I don't know what the seeds should look like, so I did a little search and found out that maybe there are no seeds.
Here's what I read:

The most common hurricane lily is Lycoris radiata var. radiata (also known as red spider lily; Figure 1), producing red-orange flowers. This plant is a sterile triploid, preventing it from forming seeds and causing it to be free-flowering. Without the burden of producing seeds, this plant is also very fast growing, resulting in large clumps of bulbs that can be separated and planted. Lycoris radiata var. radiata is vigorous and produces bulbs so prolifically that it is far more common than its smaller, seed-producing diploid form known as Lycoris radiata var. pumila. Red spider lily has been cultivated since ancient times in China and Japan and since the early 1800s in the U.S. This plant has naturalized and is considered an "heirloom plant" in the southern U.S.


    Bookmark   December 4, 2006 at 9:22AM
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WOW ~~~
Thanx bunches Remy.....
We bought our place in May... They jus came up..
by the house... in the horse pasture.. so I dug'em up
got'em in pots in my garden room...but still findin more.
gonna plant'em for edging on a round flower bed. : )
Thanx again for your help.

    Bookmark   December 4, 2006 at 12:02PM
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You're welcome! Planting them in a big group like that as a border sounds fantastic. It will look great when they are in bloom.

    Bookmark   December 11, 2006 at 8:40AM
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Yes, they can make seed. Although, like most triploids, they don't do it very often. I have also read that in the wild a mix of diploid, triploid, & tetraploid specimens exist. That said, I haven't yet been successful in germinating them though... I run into mold/rot problems.

    Bookmark   September 18, 2011 at 10:27AM
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it IS a red Spider lily those seed came from BTW...

1 Like    Bookmark   September 18, 2011 at 10:39AM
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jon how far did you get before you started having rot problems? did you get seedlings from them??

    Bookmark   September 19, 2011 at 2:10PM
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No. They started rotting before germination- but I also used my standard potting mix (which has lots of "molds" in it to begin with). Actually there was a reason I was doing a "spider lily seed" search to find this thread. I did a Lycoris radiata x Amarcrinum cross this year and it looks like I will end up with at least one seed from this (keeping my fingers crossed). I would really like to avoid the rot problem. I'm thinking about attempting to germinate in/on sand... covering the pot with saran wrap to keep it humid. I also thought about treating the soil/sand with Tebuconazole. I also read somewhere that light helps the germination process (in other words not covering the seed). Any suggestions?

    Bookmark   September 20, 2011 at 2:08PM
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I brought some seeds from China. They say they are seeds of Lycoris Radiata ? but on reading most say they dont have seeds? these are about 1mm and black?
Any help, John

    Bookmark   October 26, 2013 at 12:07PM
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