Magic lily – Growth sequence

Q: Five years ago I planted several “Magic Lily” bulbs. Every spring the leaves come up on cue. They die back in the summer, but no flowers come up in fall. What is wrong with this picture?

A: Magic Lily, also known as Naked Ladies (Lycoris squamigera), is a fascinating plant. As you note, the leaves come up in spring and die back in summer. They should be followed by pink, trumpet-shaped flowers in fall. If yours are not blooming, the bulb is not receiving enough water, sunshine or fertilizer. Are your bulbs growing in soft soil in a sunny bed? Did you feed them each spring and fall? Consider digging and replanting the clump into a better environment. Although this may result in few blooms this fall, it will ultimately help your plants bloom properly.

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