Bulbs forum: Pink Rain Lily Zephyranthes carinata/grandiflora hardiness question

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Shreveport, LA (Zone 8b)
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bkrell
Apr 6, 2018 9:01 AM CST
So, I bought a bunch of these from Michigan Bulb not paying attention to the zone/hardiness info. It says treat like glads above zone 10? I've seen these things hawked widely by Southern Bulb Co and many others and never heard that advice. Anyone have any zone 8 experience with these?
Name: Nancy
Bowling Green Kentucky (Zone 6b)
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alilyfan
Apr 6, 2018 5:56 PM CST
I do not know the exact varieties I have, but I grow pink and a few white rain lilies here in zone 6. They have come through winters with temps below 0 fine, and not inparticularly protected areas.
Name: Carol
Santa Ana, ca
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ctcarol
Apr 6, 2018 7:42 PM CST
I have both pink and white Zepheranthes in my flower beds, and some pots, and they are almost invasive. Well drained soil and full sun. They multiply like bunnies here. This is zone 10.
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Shreveport, LA (Zone 8b)
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bkrell
Apr 8, 2018 3:15 PM CST
Thanks for the replies. I went to my Scott Ogden book on southern bulbs (Garden Bulbs for the South) and he says the zone 10 cutoff is often repeated and incorrect.
Name: Karen
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plantmanager
Apr 8, 2018 3:18 PM CST
I think they will do fine for you, and not be invasive. I tried them in my old home (9) and they weren't particularly happy there and never returned.
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Shreveport, LA (Zone 8b)
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bkrell
Apr 9, 2018 12:26 PM CST
I would honestly be thrilled if they were invasive. I have a sprinkler system so during the growing season, I'm fighting a constant battle against weeds. My goal is to blanket them out, lol
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tx_flower_child
Apr 9, 2018 9:46 PM CST
I know that they do well in Dallas 8a and Austin (zone?) I've only seen the white ones and they always pop up after a rain. I bet they'll do well for you.
Shreveport, LA (Zone 8b)
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bkrell
Apr 10, 2018 1:53 PM CST
Awesome. I hate that incorrect info can get spread around like that. I know Southern Bulb Co sells them as hearty classic Southern...bulbs...so I didn't think they could possibly be zone 10 or warmer
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tx_flower_child
Apr 10, 2018 8:44 PM CST
Is the Southern Bulb Co. the one that's owned by the guy who drives all over parts of Texas and Louisiana hunting down bulbs? I heard him give a talk a few years ago. And I know he's got one or more books on bulbs. I'll think of his name sooner or later.

So anyway, during his talk, which included a slide show, he showed this one that grows in Central TX around Austin and en route to Houston. Not the same as a rain lily but just showing another bulb that might do well for you.


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tx_flower_child
Apr 10, 2018 8:48 PM CST
Yep. It's Chris Wiesinger and he's from the Southern Bulb Company.
Name: Kristi
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pod
Apr 11, 2018 5:25 AM CST
I think you will be happy with them. I had the pink rain lily in one bed and have since redone the fence and lawn and eliminated that bed. I still have these guys surprise me after a good soaking rain.

What I'm not sure of is whether the sprinkler system will keep them blooming. It didn't seem to matter if I watered but when we get a good rain. they pop up. They may require more nutrients than I provide. Please keep us posted... Crossing Fingers!
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Shreveport, LA (Zone 8b)
Bulbs Region: Louisiana
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bkrell
Apr 12, 2018 8:50 AM CST
Yes, Chris Wiesinger! I have his book and just received a jumbo Mrs. James Hendry crinum from him last week! I love what he's done for old bulbs. It's increased my appreciation of them 1000%. I have missed all sorts of talks from the Texas, Louisiana, and Mississippi gardening gurus as they passed through the area last month. I was travelling every weekend.

I actually have a LOT of oxblood lilies planted. I received some from a friend of my wife that went to the master gardener sale that I missed last fall! That's what actually caused me to first stumble upon Southern Bulb Company-trying to learn about oxbloods. I found a nice lady out in Hillsboro, TX that sells oxbloods and spider lilies on eBay and ordered several of each.

I actually received my order of 15 of the pink rain lily bulbs yesterday and got them in the ground. But I ended up ordering 45 more bulbs so I better like them, lol!

Regarding the sprinkler system, I wasn't thinking of its effects on rain lilies. I was just bringing it up to mention that the constant moisture sends weeds into overdrive in my beds. My neighborhood is in an HOA and it's actually in the rules that you must have a sprinkler system and keep your lawn green and lush. This was a foreign concept to me. I grew up in a house that was in fertile flood plain soil with huge pecan trees that blocked the afternoon sun. My parents never had to water their San Augustine. And up until my current home, which is fairly new, I've always fought with live oaks or magnolias for sunlight. But my current neighborhood was carved out of upland pasture and pines and my front yard faces southeast with nothing but a couple of ten year old oaks. So...much...sun... My sprinklers run June through September.
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lakesidecallas
May 21, 2018 2:00 PM CST
I've grown mine in pots for years and have heard that the white variety is quite hardy, and the pink variety less so.
Shreveport, LA (Zone 8b)
Bulbs Region: Louisiana
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bkrell
Jun 13, 2018 7:29 AM CST
Well, the rain lilies started blooming! I began noticing them the last week of May and they were even heavier by the time I got home from vacation a couple days ago. Neat little bulbs. I'll have to get some more.
Shreveport, LA (Zone 8b)
Bulbs Region: Louisiana
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bkrell
Jun 13, 2018 8:14 AM CST
Forgot I had a pic of one of the blooms!
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Shreveport, LA (Zone 8b)
Bulbs Region: Louisiana
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bkrell
Jun 26, 2018 8:27 AM CST
Well, these have been a great surprise and I ordered 50 more bulbs. They are such a nice little accent on the landscape. I'd highly recommend them if you're "in the zone" for them. I can't remember how many I ordered (30 or 45 bulbs, maybe?) but every day I have at least a couple blooming.

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