Dry summer lilies

Diana Chapman rarebulbs@suddenlink.net
Tue, 07 Apr 2015 10:54:20 PDT
Hi Mike and Jim:

I am no long growing native lilies.  They are very difficult, and need 
regular treatment with fungicides, and I lose them frequently, so I have 
pretty much given up on them.  I can't even grow the ones that are 
native to my area!!  I can get them to germinate, but each year fewer 
and fewer return.  I also got more complaints from customers about 
lilies, in the "they died" category.  They are just very fussy, and need 
exactly the right growing conditions.

> Jim wrote:
>> I am looking for dry summer lilies to use in my oak woodland landscaping
> Try Telos Rare Bulbs this summer (they are out of stock at the moment, and
> besides this isn't bulb shipping season). They may also be able to give you
> advice on which bulbs might survive in your conditions.
> The other thing to do is check the Sources list on the wiki. Just go to the
> Wiki contents page and look for the link to Sources.
> There used to be some commercial sources for western North America lily
> seeds, but I'm not aware of any at the moment.
> I garden in San Jose in an oak woodland, similar to your climate but the
> summers are not as brutal. Even here I doubt that I could get any native
> lilies to survive without some supplemental irrigation in summer...
> Good luck!
> Mike
> San Jose, CA (zone 9, min temp 20F)
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