Lilies forum: King Kong

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Name: Lorn (Roosterlorn)
S.E Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
Lilies Seed Starter Pollen collector Bee Lover Region: Wisconsin
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Roosterlorn
Oct 23, 2015 8:13 PM CST
Is there anyone on this forum that currently has this growing and if so, what is your overall assessment (garden hardiness, botrytis resistance, etc.) Thank You!
Name: Lorn (Roosterlorn)
S.E Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
Lilies Seed Starter Pollen collector Bee Lover Region: Wisconsin
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Roosterlorn
Oct 30, 2015 6:28 PM CST
King Kong. Bulb was near full division. Hand separated. Suppose I should snap a few scales before I plant it.


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BUGGYCRAZY
Oct 30, 2015 9:18 PM CST
Hi Lorn,
I grew it in a better climate and it gets really tall (9ft) so needs staking, if in more sun it will be shorter but still has a weak stem. I also grew it where it rained most of the time so everything got botrytis. I would much rather have that rain than toxic heat. So would my plants.
I do have it again, but first it was frostbit, next it aborted due to the lack of spring here (many do that here). It would have fried this summer anyway, nearly everyone else did. Next year it should bloom unless the frost gets it again.

here is a photo one of my customers sent me showing how tall it gets in the SE.

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Name: Lorn (Roosterlorn)
S.E Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
Lilies Seed Starter Pollen collector Bee Lover Region: Wisconsin
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Roosterlorn
Oct 31, 2015 7:48 PM CST
Thanks for the information, Lisa. I guess I'll have to pull out my last long piece of rebar for this one. What's the fertility like?

How are you doing with the gathering back together of your hybrids? Smiling

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BUGGYCRAZY
Nov 9, 2015 7:11 PM CST
Well It did make seed, I got one seedling, Queen Kong, looked like a giant henryi. I just dabbed on mixed OT pollen every once in awhile on what ever OT's were handy, just no time to do much more than that.
I did not do too well on recollecting my special early orientals, got a few of the Queens but the toxic heat this summer hit early and many had a meltdown and probably died. The early ones, like my Western American hybrids and Martagons did the best since they bloomed before the heat got as bad as it got. Even the OT's, Asiatics, Trumpets and all those other full sun tolerant lilies fried in flower. Very disappointing since I am not in good shape anymore there will come a time soon when "next year" is not going to happen. I have lots of young trees planted and lavish water on them and they are growing fast (for here). And I grow sunflowers to shade the beds, I will grow more next year. And start them earlier!
I only have some horrible norway maples that are mature, and don't put lilies under them since I cannot dig them up with all those horrible roots, but since I had to dig so many other bulbs and lilies to make more room for my American hybrid and Trumpet seedlings that I am considering planting some of my excess lilies under there come spring.
Anyway I have a list of sorts (selling on Thebloomingauction.com) of lilies I can trade for - also other bulbs. Some can ship in spring.
Sorry I did not get back here sooner, the weather has been lovely and I just keep finding more to do outside every day. That will all end Weds., veterans day is D-DAY here, the weather always goes to hell frozen over that day.
Here is Queen Kong
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jmorth
Dec 3, 2015 12:50 AM CST
One of my favorites from Lisa long ago (2011 pic), received from Lisa in 2007.
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