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Tips for success
stalks burst forth from the bare ground after a good rain in September. Soon after, the signature, curvy blooms unfurl atop the
long, delicate stems, and then narrow, green, strap-like leaves
emerge. The leaves yellow and die in spring, just as other plants
begin their growth spurts.
Spider lilies are among the showiest flowers to grace a
garden, with blooms that may be cut for creating dramatic
bouquets.
Lycoris are also easy to care for. They prefer full sun for six
or more hours a day and can be interplanted with other perennials. The foliage should be removed only after it has yellowed
and withered, because the plant needs the energy the leaves
generate in order to form next year's blooms.
Lycoris bulbs multiply rapidly, but the smaller, immature
bulbs can take several years to bloom. Mature bulbs are often as
much as 2 inches in diameter and can cost several dollars each.
"Yes, you can outlay some cash for these tempting treasures," Dorn says. "But they are absolutely worth it."
Kathy Witt is a freelance writer from Kentucky.

Dorn outlines five easy steps for growing beautiful
spider lilies in the home garden:
* Plant the bulbs in September in well-drained soil at a
depth equivalent to 2.5 times the bulbs' height (about
6 inches).
* After planting, water lightly each week until top growth
emerges, then as needed during the active growth cycle
in the fall. No more than 1 inch of water per week is a
good estimate.
* When foliage dies back in the spring, plant other lowgrowing perennials around the bulbs, and mulch the
area when finished.
* Limit water after the leaves wither. Too much water during the plant's dormant period can cause the bulbs to rot.
* Wait for the "magic" to happen!

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For information about where to purchase spider lily bulbs, visit
Walter Reeves' website at bit.ly/wrsplily.
For information about Lycoris radiata and other planting and
gardening-related topics, contact your local UGA Cooperative

Lycoris aurea, or golden spider lily

Extension. Extension offices offer free, research-based information and a variety of programs, workshops and print and online
publications. Find your local Extension office at extension.uga.
edu/county-offices.

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The blooms of Lycoris radiata,or red spider lily,
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