Lilies forum: A mix of species lily seeds

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Name: Caroline Scott
Calgary (Zone 4a)
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CarolineScott
Jan 13, 2014 8:56 PM CST
These are being sowed onto moist vermiculite, allowed to imbibe water overnight, and then placing them out into unheated garage to experience oscillating temperatures until spring.
Does anyone have suggestions or comments?
The data bases seem to be all over the place when it comes to species lily germination. And of course I do not know what I have.
Name: Joe
Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
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Joebass
Jan 13, 2014 9:04 PM CST
Based on what I've read, you don't want them to be too moist while it's cold or they could rot. No idea on any of the species or don't know what seeds were which?
Name: Rick R.
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Leftwood
Jan 13, 2014 9:48 PM CST
>>>>The data bases seem to be all over the place when it comes to species lily germination. And of course I do not know what I have.

You couldn't have stated you dilemma more succinctly.
If the company didn't warn that some may not come up until the following spring, my inclination is that the mix is all (or mostly all) the relatively quick germinating, immediate epigeal type species, and pretreatment wouldn't be necessary (but won't hurt, either).
Your coarse of action is logical. The only thing I might add now is to put the sown seeds in some insulation, so when you open the garage door at say, -20C, they aren't flash cooled to a temp lower than they can tolerate. Maybe a box filled with crumpled newspaper or styro peanuts, or a styrofoam cooler.

The first time I grew species lilies from seed, I was more clueless than you, Carol. Didn't even know about hypogeal germination. But I never toss out seeded pots after just one season if nothing comes up. Among them were my first martagons from seed, and I still have them.

Name: Caroline Scott
Calgary (Zone 4a)
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CarolineScott
Jan 14, 2014 10:32 AM CST
Yes, company says sow, and place outdoors for spring germination.
I do have a styrofoam cooler that I could place the box.

Package just says Lilium Selected species mix. ( from Plant-World in UK).

I also started two martagon packets:
one just says "pink" and the other says "Inschriach rose".
The martagons will be kept warm for three months then into 'frig.

Another batch of martagon seedlings are soon to be placed 'frig for their second "winter".
One box is "alba" and the other is a mix. I am running these drier as they will be chilled soon.
And I know there is little nutrients in vermiculite so either dilute fertilizer or transplant to soil.
These last martagons are in soil.
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