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Tricyrtis tojen/Calanthe orchid

Posted by BOBtheSCgardener z8b SC (My Page) on
Sat, May 29, 04 at 10:50

Has anyone had any luck growing either of these two in the coastal south. If so, what are the ideal growing conditions? Lots of shade/leaf mold? I bought one of each at a recent Charleston Horticulture Society Plant Sale and want to place them in the proper environment. I have tried the toad lily before but it didn't last... Please help! Thanks.

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RE: Tricyrtis tojen/Calanthe orchid

Good question, Bob. I'll be watching this thread to see the replies. Let us know what works for you.

Like you, I've tried toad lilies a couple of times and in different locations, but they did not live beyond their first summer.

Maybe keeping these two in pots for a season will make it easier to keep them under observation.

RE: Tricyrtis tojen/Calanthe orchid

  • Posted by ccl38 8A Savannah, GA (My Page) on
    Mon, Jun 7, 04 at 12:56

I have had Toad Lilies for three years in a shady, damp spot in Savannah. They have multiplied, but I would not consider them invasive where I have them.

RE: Tricyrtis tojen/Calanthe orchid

I have a friend who's had them in her garden for forever, I think, and they are NOT invasive. Her parents brought them back from Japan in the sixties, I believe.

RE: Tricyrtis tojen/Calanthe orchid

I guess it depends on your soil. In my clay based soil toad lilies are very invasive, I have to thin them every 3 months and took out most of them where they invaded othjer plants like the roots of my roses.

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