Lilium martagon from seed

Rodger Whitlock
Sat, 26 Jul 2003 06:34:24 PDT
On 22 Jul 03 at 11:02, nclarke wrote:

> I live in Southern Australia and have ordered some seeds of Lilium
> Martagon.  Can anyone offer any advice on growing them from seed? 
> English magazines say they self seed readily - I know they take
> several years to flower - but I wonder if they will self seed in our
> climate.

Martagon lilies do well for me in rather shady, cool conditions. They 
get no summer water, but the site has a modicum of soil moisture -- 
the water table isn't far down, I suspect.

They are easy from seed, requiring no special treatment. Sow, 
cover thinly with soil or fine gravel, water, put in shaded 
coldframe. Germination in the spring.

It's now mid-winter in Australia, no? You may have delayed
germination until spring a year from now. I suspect the seeds have a
winter chilling requirement that they may not get if sown too late in 
the season.

You need patience, as martagons take some years to reach flowering 
size. If you have a suitable place, line the one-year old bulblets in 
a nursery bed -- they will likely size up much faster than in a pot.

Rodger Whitlock
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Maritime Zone 8, a cool Mediterranean climate

on beautiful Vancouver Island
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