Lilies forum: Starting old tiger lilies from seed

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Name: Teresa
South central KY (Zone 6b)
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bluegrassmom
Aug 14, 2015 6:08 PM CST
Hello,
I have never tried starting them from seed. I have a couple of people who would love to have a start of my old homeplace orange ones. Should I wait until Spring? Do they need to be stored in the refridgerator? Any help will be appreciated.

Thank you,
Teresa
Name: Connie
Willamette Valley OR (Zone 8a)
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pardalinum
Aug 14, 2015 6:22 PM CST

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Teresa, are you referring to the black "bulbils" that grow on the stems of tiger lilies (Lilium lancifolium)?
Name: Teresa
South central KY (Zone 6b)
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bluegrassmom
Aug 14, 2015 7:17 PM CST
The ones along the stem, Yes.
Name: Connie
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pardalinum
Aug 14, 2015 7:58 PM CST

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You can plant some now in their own special area in the garden so you can keep track of them. When they come up in the spring they put up just a few leaves from the base the first season. The next year they should put up a stem and then a bloom the third year from starting. These aren't hard and fast rules, sometimes when very well grown they may bloom the second year.

As a backup, collect some bulbils and store in the crisper in a ziplock bag with peat moss or wood shavings with no more than a couple drops of water to keep them hydrated. Check on them from time to time during the winter. These stored ones can be planted out in the spring.

What you don't want to do is leave them laying around drying out because they are not real "seeds". They are small bulbs that need to be kept hydrated until planted.
Name: Teresa
South central KY (Zone 6b)
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bluegrassmom
Aug 14, 2015 10:07 PM CST
OK, that is good infomation. I appreciate you taking the time to post.
Name: Tracey
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magnolialover
Aug 15, 2015 6:24 AM CST

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Teresa, soon you will have your own colony of them. The stem bulbils take to planting rather easily. I just barely cover mine with soil, water in and in a few years you'll have full grown blooming lilies.
Tracey

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