After 33 yrs crafting a gardening column for the Submit-Dispatch, Chip Tynan is retiring from the Missouri Botanical Backyard. We are rerunning some favorite columns for a couple of months, but the garden will resume the column shortly. Please continue to ship concerns to the tackle below.
Q • A good friend gave me a plant termed a spider lily that I have expanding in my greenhouse. It had a attractive fragrant flower with prolonged, thin white petals in late spring, and the foliage was nutritious until eventually not long ago. Now it just appears to be unfortunate and droopy no matter what I do.
A • Hymenocallis are the vegetation most commonly named spider lilies, a common title they also share with Crinums. Hymenocallis are a team of tender bulbs in the amaryllis household from both of those tropical and temperate regions of the globe.
Bouquets have funnel-shaped centers surrounded by prolonged, slender petals that give a spidery look to the bloom. Relying on the species, some may be evergreen, retaining their leaves during the year. The foliage of other species dies back again fully all through their wintertime rest period. Hymenocallis of this sort are held totally dry until they show signs of new progress once more. Perhaps you have a deciduous species that is likely dormant? If this is the case, really don’t fight the bulb, allow for it to dry out and die back again. New progress is not likely to come about right before mid-spring.