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wonderearth
Santa Cruz, CA
(Zone 9b)

October 6, 2009
3:33 PM

Post #7140998

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?

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

October 12, 2009
8:51 AM

Post #7160318

they like it woodsy
wonderearth
Santa Cruz, CA
(Zone 9b)

October 12, 2009
1:54 PM

Post #7160812

So filtered light?

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

October 12, 2009
2:55 PM

Post #7161016

and rich loamy soil.
wonderearth
Santa Cruz, CA
(Zone 9b)

October 12, 2009
3:06 PM

Post #7161046

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.
jlj072174
Raleigh, NC
(Zone 8a)

October 12, 2009
4:46 PM

Post #7161427

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?
wonderearth
Santa Cruz, CA
(Zone 9b)

October 12, 2009
5:54 PM

Post #7161659

I'm starting to think MG potting soil hasn't done the best for my plants.
doss
Stanford, CA
(Zone 9b)

October 12, 2009
6:04 PM

Post #7161687

Toad lilies are herbacious so will go dormant. Perhaps that's what is happening.
wonderearth
Santa Cruz, CA
(Zone 9b)

October 12, 2009
6:08 PM

Post #7161699

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.

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

October 14, 2009
9:24 AM

Post #7167208

if they were new plants this year,I would wait to see wht next season does for them
wonderearth
Santa Cruz, CA
(Zone 9b)

October 14, 2009
3:19 PM

Post #7167965

I planted them last fall.

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

October 15, 2009
9:47 AM

Post #7171110

mine are fussy about where they are rooted.
wonderearth
Santa Cruz, CA
(Zone 9b)

October 15, 2009
3:19 PM

Post #7171827

ok. I saw some in a planter downtown and they were shabby also.
doss
Stanford, CA
(Zone 9b)

October 15, 2009
10:26 PM

Post #7173146

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

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

October 16, 2009
9:05 AM

Post #7174677

bummer
wonderearth
Santa Cruz, CA
(Zone 9b)

October 16, 2009
2:34 PM

Post #7175316

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.
jlj072174
Raleigh, NC
(Zone 8a)

October 17, 2009
2:59 PM

Post #7179140

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.
wonderearth
Santa Cruz, CA
(Zone 9b)

October 17, 2009
3:07 PM

Post #7179165

Sounds just like what mine is doing. The blooms are so incredible its just frustrating that the foliage doesn't look as good.
jlj072174
Raleigh, NC
(Zone 8a)

October 25, 2009
3:59 PM

Post #7206646

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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wonderearth
Santa Cruz, CA
(Zone 9b)

October 25, 2009
4:44 PM

Post #7206756

beautiful!

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

October 26, 2009
2:13 PM

Post #7209659

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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jlj072174
Raleigh, NC
(Zone 8a)

October 29, 2009
12:39 AM

Post #7218515

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.
wonderearth
Santa Cruz, CA
(Zone 9b)

October 29, 2009
2:09 AM

Post #7218815

They make lots of seeds if they are happy. I haven't had any luck germinating them though.
perenniallyme
Jamaica Plain, MA
(Zone 6a)

May 1, 2010
7:43 PM

Post #7755810

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...

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

May 2, 2010
2:07 AM

Post #7756205

goog advise

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