Breaking dormancy-- hedychiums

chloeashaApril 12, 2013

Hi all! I have H. "Luna Moth" and H "Dr Moy" in a gigantic pot on my balcony. The soil is still cool as I am facing north and we've also had that cool spring. I put my fingers down to feel the rhizomes and they feel lovely-- very hard, and seem anchored well in the soil. I only felt a bit of slime around one of the spots where foliage was last season, and when I wiped it it came off leaving a harder scarred area. So I am assuming they are doing OK. Neither these or my gloriosa lilies have shown any signs of wanting to wake up. I am guessing this is because the ambient soil temps are too cool. Any ideas as to when/what temps the soil will be warm enough to wake them up? It's my first year with them, and I don't know what to expect. Everything else is waking up-- my oriental lilies, violets, foxgloves, ferns... :)


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garyfla_gw(10 Florida)

i'm in s. florida so cold has not been a problem,particularly this year as the low was
All my dormant gingers are still fast asleep in spite of this . The usual is late May/ mid June
The Blood lily have hust started but the cardwell lily are still dormant. Apparently whatever causes them to go dormant and wake up has nothing to do with temps?? gary

    Bookmark   April 21, 2013 at 5:38AM
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Thanks! So I am just being impatient. Good to know!

    Bookmark   April 21, 2013 at 6:28PM
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OK, I see a small 2cm shoot.. I think it's my gingers waking up! It looks like when cannas first emerge. That has to be it. It's not like pots can hold too many surprises :)

    Bookmark   May 11, 2013 at 8:52PM
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My pinecone ginger had a longer than normal dormancy period. I am sure your sleeping beauties will wake up soon.

    Bookmark   May 20, 2013 at 9:37PM
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Thanks! Yes, they are waking up :)

    Bookmark   May 20, 2013 at 9:39PM
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