J.Mäsgen via pbs
Tue, 19 Jan 2021 08:51:56 PST
Hi Sylvia,

Lilium formosanum is one of the fastest growing species in the genus. You can get it from seed to flowering in 12 month! I did sow mine in November, poted the seedling after germination end of December in 7 cm pastic pot and planted them in May between my Rhododendron in the garden. End of September the did flower, each with 1 flower. Next year they where already fully mature plants with up to 5 flowers, again in September. I grow in the west of Germany with an oceanic wintercold climate. Therefore I sow and grow fist under frostfree conditions in a greenhouse with daytemperatur of 14°C and planted out after the risc of frost was gone, which is normaly im May. Your climate in Oakland CA should be even better to grow Lilium formosanum outside with some watering in summer.
the origion of my plants is Japan.



A year ago this month I sowed fresh L. formosanum seed and got spectacular germination.  I now have three pots filled with seedlings that made it through their first summer and our long, hot, dry autumn without turning a hair.  Now what?  I?ve checked the Wiki, and while I?m sure there?s information there, I couldn?t find suggestions for what to do with one year old seedlings in crowded pots.  I?m inclined to let them grow on in their pots for another year as they?re doing well and have showed no signs of flagging under any circumstances.

If anyone can suggest a program of care for these seedlings for the next year or so I?d be grateful.

Many thanks,

Sylvia Sykora
Oakland, CA

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