A question for PBS members/Lilium bolanderi growing

Nhu Nguyen xerantheum@gmail.com
Thu, 01 Mar 2012 09:38:07 PST
Hi Stephen,

I germinated 3 seeds 5 years ago and had been successful in keeping them
alive. I treated them as if they were any other California native. They
stayed in a 4" pot for the first 2 years then I moved them into a deeper
(about 5" deep) pot the 3rd year and they grew in that pot throughout the
4th year and this fall I unpotted them and moved them into individual pots
9" deep. They have just woken up about a month ago and are looking better
than ever. Still no flowers yet but I think that is due to my growing them
in such small pots for the first few years. It is still too early to tell
but they may still do it this year.

When I unpotted them, they have produced a number of bulb scales and the
bare-rooting didn't seem to matter as much. But when I transferred them the
first time, I just place the whole ball of soil into the new pot and added
more soil, just like Jane suggested.

Last year I grew them in pretty much full coastal sun. The leaves turned a
burgundy color from sunstress but they weren't permanently damaged. This
year I'm growing them in a less sunny spot that I think they will
appreciate more. All of my pots were plastic.

To take them through their first dormancy, keep the pots barely moist. I
like to lightly sprinkle some water on my dormant pots every month. This
seems to help.

Berkeley, CA

On Tue, Feb 28, 2012 at 4:55 PM, stephen munro <munrosj27@yahoo.com> wrote:

> Does anyone have any tips as to the raising of this species from seed?
> How long until the seedling bulbs are potted individually? What are some
> dangers to be on the look out for? Seed to flower years?

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