The Q&A Archives: Gloriosa Lily Seed Pods

Question: Is it possible to start gloriosa lilies from seeds? I was recently given some fresh seed pods and would love to grow some lilies.

Answer: Gloriosa lilies are generally grown from tubers, but you can start new plants from seeds by following these guidelines: Successful germination requires a period of warmth followed by one of cold. You can do this by putting seeds in a screw top jar in moist peatmoss and keeping at 70F -75F for 3-4 months. Inspect regularly, removing any seedlings that have developed roots. Those seeds that do not sprout should be removed at the end of the 3-4 month period and sown in a tray of moistened seed starting mix. Cover the tray with plastic wrap to help hold in humidity and keep at 32F to 40F for 3 months. (This can be done in the refrigerator, or outdoors during the winter months.) At the end of this time remove from cold storage, and bring to room temperature. Seedlings should emerge within a few weeks. Total time to germination can take from 30-365 days.

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