japanese toad lily looking sad : (

Santa Cruz, CA(Zone 9b)

My toad lily is looking kind of yellow and growing quite leggy It is planted in shade on an east facing wall of the house im in zone 9 or sunset zone 17 i saw some growing in town and looking kinda gross also. are we too warm for this plant?

Pittsford, NY(Zone 6a)

they like it woodsy

Santa Cruz, CA(Zone 9b)

So filtered light?

Pittsford, NY(Zone 6a)

and rich loamy soil.

Santa Cruz, CA(Zone 9b)

I think i got it just a little off, not by much but I planted it in unamended soil little bit clayish right up against the house and now it's reaching out for sun i think and yellowing but there are flowers. its quite leggy. I guess i should move it after its done flowering.

Raleigh, NC(Zone 8a)

I have tricyrtis lasiocarpa and it hasn't bloomed all summer at all. It's gotten long limbs and a little yellow, but not a single bloom on it. I bought two of them this spring, and put them in pots on the deck. I tried different exposures to light (shady, part-sun, full sun) and no dice. I used MG potting soil for them, and they've had plenty of water. Any suggestions?

Santa Cruz, CA(Zone 9b)

I'm starting to think MG potting soil hasn't done the best for my plants.

Stanford, CA(Zone 9b)

Toad lilies are herbacious so will go dormant. Perhaps that's what is happening.

Santa Cruz, CA(Zone 9b)

Hmmmm, maybe they are going dormant as they are blooming. That seems likely. I wonder if I can pump them up and get them to bloom sooner with really rich soil and some fertilizer.

Pittsford, NY(Zone 6a)

if they were new plants this year,I would wait to see wht next season does for them

Santa Cruz, CA(Zone 9b)

I planted them last fall.

Pittsford, NY(Zone 6a)

mine are fussy about where they are rooted.

Santa Cruz, CA(Zone 9b)

ok. I saw some in a planter downtown and they were shabby also.

Stanford, CA(Zone 9b)

good to know wonderearth. I'm glad that they aren't failing on you. Enjoy them next spring!

Pittsford, NY(Zone 6a)

bummer

Santa Cruz, CA(Zone 9b)

I might be moving out if this place and transplanting a bunch of things to a new house anyway so it ok. This little guy will be moved anyway.

Raleigh, NC(Zone 8a)

I was just outside, and noticed that my toad lily is about to bloom! Parts of it look a little rough (yellow/browning leaves), but there are blooms on the ends of the branchs. It's a tricyrtis lasiocarpa, and I've been waiting to see the flowers on it since I bought it last spring at Plant Delights and saw the picture of it blooming.

Santa Cruz, CA(Zone 9b)

Sounds just like what mine is doing. The blooms are so incredible its just frustrating that the foliage doesn't look as good.

Raleigh, NC(Zone 8a)

Look what opened up this morning! Tricyrtis Lasiocarpa ... beautiful! I've been waiting since the spring when I bought them to see the bloom. Worth the wait! I imagine it will doubly-beautiful when the rest of them are open. Any idea how long they remain open?

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Santa Cruz, CA(Zone 9b)

beautiful!

Pittsford, NY(Zone 6a)

Mine is finally blooming.
It was a trade with a neighbor and planted in July.
Maybe next year it will bloom earlier
Leaves have white edges

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Raleigh, NC(Zone 8a)

Does anyone know how to propagate toad lilies? I had a request for some of mine. I'm happy to try rooting cuttings, but don't know how. Any ideas/suggestions? Or do these set seeds?

Thanks much, in advance. I want to share this beauty if I can.

Santa Cruz, CA(Zone 9b)

They make lots of seeds if they are happy. I haven't had any luck germinating them though.

Jamaica Plain, MA(Zone 6a)

I only just found this thread, so sorry I'm late.

Most tricyrtis varieties bloom in the fall, so that's why your plants didn't bloom earlier. Some of the yellow ones, like tricyrtis latifolia and tricyrtis puberula bloom much earlier, maybe July.

They will form clumps that you can divide - some much faster than others. I don't have lasiocarpa (though I'd love to - drool), but "dark beauty" and "empress" are some of my fastest proliferating ones, while shihirotogisu has been one single stalk for about 3 years now, and only flowered for the first time last year (I don't recommend it). Tojen is also a fairly slow multiplier, Taipei Silk somewhere in between. And latifolia and puberula seem to be picking up steam in their 2nd year here. So is "lightning strike".

I harvested seed from a couple of them this past winter (best to put little organza bags around the forming seed pods, so you don't miss them), and germinated both my own and some that were sent to me, both indoors under lights, and by wintersowing.

Mine are in fairly shady areas, though they do get some sun here and there. I find them to be generally very easy to grow, and I really love them. I have had a problem with rust on one of them, but that's about it. I should also say to stay away from one called "raspberry mousse", because the irregularity of its coloration is caused by a virus, and I've read to only buy tricyrtis from reputable establishments, to keep from buying virused plants.

And jlj, if you ever want to trade your lasiocarpa for some other tricyrtis, please keep me in mind.....

Pittsford, NY(Zone 6a)

goog advise

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