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epigeal germination

Growing lilies from epigeal seeds

We’ve chosen easy-to-grow lily species and strains that germinate readily about 4 weeks after spring sowing and reach mature flowering size in their third summer.

You've asked for a wider range of seeds, so we've added some rare species to the easy-to-grow epigeal species and strains.

All seed packets include 50 seeds
(40 seeds for those marked R for rare)
and growing instructions specific to type.
(You can mix and match packets.)

(Note: If your order is for seeds only,
the shipping charge is $5.00)

Each $6.00 3/$16.00

At right:
L. canadense var. coccineum,
photo by Frans Officer.

L. canadense var. coccineum
 

Epigeal seeds

All seed packets Each $6.00, 3/$16.00
(You can mix and match any seed packets.)
Each packet includes 50 seeds (40 seeds for those marked R for rare)
and growing instructions specific to type.
Note: If your order is for seeds ONLY, the shipping charge is $5.00
AMS Lilium amabile Cinnabar red Turk's cap flowers, fuzzy leaves, June.
CNS Lilium candidum Madonna Lily, pure white flowers, very fragrant, June. R
CES Lilium cernuum Lavender pink Turk's cap flowers, fragrant, June.
CCS Lilium concolor Upfacing red-orange dainty star-shaped flowers, June.
DRS Lilium dauricum Upfacing golden flowers, often tipped in red, late May.
DVS Lilium davidii Deep orange Turk's cap flowers, heavily spotted, June.
FOS Lilium formosanum Long white fragrant trummpets with pink reverse, flowers in second year, July. (Hardy to zone 6, doesnot need winter cold.) R
LOS Lilium longiflorum Easter lily, long white trumpetswith tall stems, July. R
NES Lilium nepalense Large, pendulous green trumpetswith purple throats, July. R
PLS Lilium pumilum Sealing-wax red Turk's cap flowers, early June.
RGS Lilium regale White trumpet flowers, gold throats, pink reverse, late June.
TAS Lilium taliense White Turk's cap flower with rosepoint "marbling," June. R
WIS Lilium wilsoni Upfacing apricot flowers with gold midribs, August. R
SPS Summer Palace Strain Fragrant trumpets in all shades of pink, early July.
TRS Trumpet Voluntaire
from seeds
Trumpet lilies in all colors, July.
ALS All Species Collection (epigeal) includes seeds of all the above listed species.
hypogeal germination

Growing lilies from hypogeal seeds

These lilies are for the experienced gardener, requiring a bit more care in their germination.

They first develop bulblets underground (while temperatures are warm, so start them in summer or indoors in the fall); winter cold (or 12 weeks of refrigeration) is needed before the first leaf can emerge above ground. You can give the warm stage/cool stage treatment to seeds in plastic bags of damp (but aerated) peat or vermiculite and watch the bullets grow, then put them in the fridge until conditions are good for planting outside. These will show a few flowers in the second summer after the first leaf appears, with large stems the following year.

As you've requested, we've added some of the rarer species. We've also added Oriental strains with a wider gene pool than the bred-for-forcing Oriental cltivars produced by Dutch breeders.

Hypogeal seeds

All seed packets Each $6.00, 3/$16.00
(You can mix and match any seed packets.)
Each packet includes 50 seeds (40 seeds for those marked R for rare)
and growing instructions specific to type.
Note: If your order is for seeds ONLY, the shipping charge is $5.00
AUS Lilium auratum Huge, white scented flowers with wide yellow bands, August.
CAS Lilium canadense var. coccineum Recurved red flowers, whorled leaves, early July.
CIS Lilium ciliatum Soft yellow large Turk's cap flower with purple throat, July. R
KES Lilium kelloggii Pendant pink Turk's cap flowers, needs perfect drainage, June/July.
MRS Lilium martagon Recurved Turk’s cap form flowers in shades of lavender-rose, whorled leaves, June.
CAS Lilium rubellum Nodding fragrant trumpet-form delicate pink Oriental, late June to early July. R
TSS Lilium tsingtauense Upright brilliant orange-red small starry flowers, whorled leaves, July . R
DYS Dynasty Oriental Strain Complex hybrids in all Oriental colors, early August.
LRS Little Rascals Strain Miniature Orientals with heart-shaped leaves, average height of 2 feet. Includes white, gold-banded and crimson forms. Early August.
SES ‘Summer’s End’ Strain Wonderful F1 hybrids from L. speciosum var. rubrum, with fragrant, outfacing, semi-recurved flowers in August, the latest of the Oriental lilies.
lily embryo Where do our wonderful lilies come from?

Many of our hybrids are "test-tube babies" produced by embryo rescue, which enables us to make crosses Mother Nature never thought of. Judith's first embryo-cultured lily flowered in 1973, and every year brings a new crop of "babies" at The Lily Garden!

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