Lilies forum: L. Regale......just a thread on this lily..........

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patweppler
Feb 26, 2015 7:10 PM CST
I am curious as to how many on here have planted this lily.
It has really raised my interest since it is a specimen lily......
I am going to plant 10 of them this spring time and hopefully get some seeds to start some new ones
I might scale some of the bulbs too and plant them and see what happens

I find this lily mentioned in every lily book I read......

but to be honest I seldom see it planted around here in many gardens

after reading lots of info and talked to lots of lily breeders I wander if the Regale is maybe a bit over looked by all the new fancy hybrids and such instead

it is a very pretty lily and can get upwards of 10 flowers the breeders that sell the bulbs told me.....

so what are your thoughts on this lily??
Name: Joe
Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
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Joebass
Feb 28, 2015 11:48 AM CST
L.regale is a fine lily. I had it for one season and it died because I did not support it and the stem cracked near the ground in bloom. Its best feature in my opinion is the pinkish reverse on the bud.
Name: Rick R.
near Minneapolis, MN zone 4a
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Leftwood
Feb 28, 2015 4:02 PM CST
patweppler said:after reading lots of info and talked to lots of lily breeders I wander if the Regale is maybe a bit over looked by all the new fancy hybrids and such instead


I think you are spot on. There's not much to differentiate L. regale from the trumpet hybrids, except that the hybrids tend to be much more flashy, and the true species L.regale has a less desirable umbel flower spike, rather than a central stalk. (Besides me) who wouldn't rather have the "better" forms?

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patweppler
Feb 28, 2015 6:57 PM CST
Hi Rick

I noticed when looking at some pics on the google pics of the L. Regale you can see the lily far nicer when it is in full bloom I think........
actually first lily I have seen without a lily stalk per say.
well I am happy with ordering them........

Some of the prettiest of flowers are the ones that are the species or the wild flowers......

not to get rid of 5 feet of snow..hahhaa and get the lilies here and get them into the ground hopefully by April Sometime

on a side note can you plant lily bulbs in containers and then transplant them to the garden at the end of the season?? My new main bed might not be done in time to plant all my new lilies when they get here just wandered??
Name: Rick R.
near Minneapolis, MN zone 4a
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Sages The WITWIT Badge Garden Photography Region: Minnesota Plant Identifier
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Leftwood
Feb 28, 2015 7:27 PM CST
>>>> Some of the prettiest of flowers are the ones that are the species or the wild flowers......

Most definitely! The colorful petunias and zinnias (for instance) are great if that's what your into, but that's not for me. I am a wild plant nut, and happy to be one. https://www.nargs.org/forum/schaefer-prairie-minnesota

>>>> on a side note can you plant lily bulbs in containers and then transplant them to the garden at the end of the season?

That's a good plan, and it works well. If your lilies in the pots die back in late summer, there is no need to wait until fall to plant them in the new garden if it is ready. They will establish roots better for the coming season if they have more time.

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patweppler
Mar 1, 2015 9:10 AM CST
thanks will do that....... thanks Rick

I have quite a few lilies ordered. when you plant in containers do you plant the same depth as the garden?? I have not grown lilies in containers before. Can they be planted right away after they show up or do I have to wait until the last frost ..........and that could be the end of May here. I was thinking of planting them deep enough and then moving them into the garage at night if they are calling for frost that night.

I never really had that much interest in the L. Regale before but I have seen so many stunning photos of them on the net and they are impressive. I have some trumpet hybrids ordered to but I have a feeling the Regale is going to be my favourite of all the lilies planted. I am hoping some of them reseed themselves. Some of the Regales on the net have lots of blooms. where I ordered the bulbs he is saying 8 to 10 blooms can be expected. I think the bulbs are 18cm. if I am not mistaken.......

I am in the lily mood..hahahaha and hope this snow goes sooner then later.......
Name: Rick R.
near Minneapolis, MN zone 4a
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Sages The WITWIT Badge Garden Photography Region: Minnesota Plant Identifier
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Leftwood
Mar 1, 2015 8:20 PM CST
You should safely be able to plant in pots a month before your last frost date. It will likely be a couple weeks before the bulbs emerge at the surface. Ideally, plant in deep pots, one to three gallon size, and then you can plant multiple bulbs in the pots for the one season, too. Usually lily bulbs are planted more shallowly in pots because the majority of the roots will be below the bulb, and planting 6 inches deep (from the surface to the base of the bulb) doesn't leave much room for root growth. For some lilies like L. regale and other trumpets, and asiatics, it's not as important since they grow roots along the stalk as it grows above the bulb also. But for orientals (like Kushi Maya and L. auratum), they only grow roots from the base of the bulb.

You could also plant them up right away, keep them in the garage, but don't water them until the later date. Attempt to keep the soil at the moisture level as it comes out of the bag (assuming you are not using the dried compressed potting mix bails). That would be moist so the bulb doesn't loose moisture and may even begin rooting, but not enough water to encourage sprouting.

Theoretically, you can get them growing earlier if you want to be tied to watching the weather all the time so it doesn't get too cold. But I'm guessing with so many, that would be quite laborious.
Of course, the 8-10 blooms per bulb is on a mature plant, not the first or second year.

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patweppler
Mar 4, 2015 9:14 AM CST
I found out that the bulbs that I am getting are from scales and are approximately 4 years old. they will be in the 18cm range with maybe the old one 16cm. he says for sure 6 to 10 blooms this summer if they are planted right away so will see I guess.

I find this lily truly beautiful and love the history of this lily too

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