Answer: Lycoris, the Spider Lily, is rather fussy and doesn't like to be disturbed. They also bloom best when the roots are somewhat crowded. The mere fact that they were planted in the ground might have been enough to set them back for a time. They will adjust, though, and begin to perform if your bulbs are planted in full sun to light shade, and you keep the soil moist during the spring and early summer, but let the soil dry out in the late summer. It's natural for the leaves to appear and then die down before a bloom appears. The leaves are providing the energy the bulb needs to produce a flower. Just exercise a little more patience and you're sure to be rewarded with spectacular flowers.
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