Growing native Lilium from seed

Mary Sue Ittner
Tue, 23 Jun 2009 17:17:33 PDT
Jim McKenny asked for more information about the Lilium I grew from seed 
sown Oct 2007 that is now blooming. I can't remember how often I watered 
the seed pots before the seed germinated. I left the pots outside and 
usually we get enough rain once it starts to keep seed pots moist until 
something comes up. If the pots I have outside look dry, I water them, but 
otherwise I let nature do its thing. Once the seeds germinated and were a 
reasonable size I followed John's advice and separated them into their own 
pots and kept potting them up when the roots filled the pot. I kept 
watering them as long as they were growing. Eventually they went dormant 
but I don't think it was until fall and then I stopped watering them. After 
that they would have not been watered until it starting raining again. It 
doesn't look like I made a record of when they reappeared this spring. Only 
two are blooming, but I've never gotten any Lilium to bloom so quickly 
before so it definitely seems like a good system to follow in the future.

Mary Sue

Mary Sue Ittner
California's North Coast
Wet mild winters with occasional frost
Dry mild summers 

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