Toad Lily Empress

airren(AL-7b)November 8, 2006

Hi, I might be posting in the wrong place, so please have mercy on me ;)

I just bought a toad lily that is blooming quite nicely and looks to be very healthy. I am not sure where to plant it in the yard, and since it's almost mid November I thought I'd overwinter it in the greenhouse (cold greenhouse - low night temp 45degrees - day heat by the sun).

Does anyone have any comments to whether this is a good or bad idea? The alternative is to leave it in a pot outside.



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Tricyrtis 'Empress' is a T. formosana selection that has somewhat larger flowers than the species and is cold hardy to Zone 6(at least). It will do fine in a pot, overwintered outdoors in Zone 7. As is is an early blooming variety(July-Aug).the foliage emerges very early in the spring and it will need protection from a late freeze or frost. Be aware that Slugs also love the tender new foliage. It doesn't tolerate long periods without moisture, but can be allowed to dry out between watering.
They increase rapidly by short stolons and can usually be divided into multiple plants each year.
Enjoy your wise purchase, plant in a shady location(or grow them in pots) and be forewarned that Toad lilies are addictive! (I started with one and now grow many species and varieties that have multiplied into the hundreds)

    Bookmark   November 9, 2006 at 12:46AM
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Thanks a lot RB. This particular one that I have purchased is still blooming and has more buds. I repotted it this morning into a little bigger pot and have place it in a mostly shady spot. Will this die back during our zone 7b winters? From your post it sounds like it will.

    Bookmark   November 9, 2006 at 5:09PM
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Yes, all of the the Tricyrtis go dormant after the first heavy frost or freeze. Since you mentioned yours are still in bloom, I checked mine and some of them still have a few blooms. Those are mostly hidden, in a somewhat dry area, under a Beautyberry and Weeping Buddleja, which are under deciduous Magnolia amd Sourwood trees. Frankly, I was surprised to find any blooms left!

    Bookmark   November 9, 2006 at 8:20PM
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What do you think would happen if I put it in the greenhouse until spring and it didn't go dormant? Bad? Good?

    Bookmark   November 9, 2006 at 9:24PM
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Probably not a good idea. All herbaceous perennials need a period of R & R to remain healthy.

    Bookmark   November 11, 2006 at 1:02AM
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