Fritillaria Meleagris Seeds (Snake's Head Fritillary, Checkered Lily Seeds)

Fritillaria Meleagris Seeds (Snake's Head Fritillary, Checkered Lily Seeds)

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Forms beautiful nodding bell shaped flowers in shades of purple that are recognizable by their snakes-skin markings.

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Fritillaria Meleagris, also known as the checkered lily, is a bulbous herbaceous perennial native to Southern England, northern Balkans, Romania, and western Russia. It is rarely found in the wild but is commonly grown in gardens. Fritillaria meleagris can grow up to 15-30 cm high. Checkered lily forms beautiful nodding bell shaped flowers in shades of purple that are recognizable by their snakes-skin markings. Fritillaria meleagris thrives in a moist and well-drained soil that is rich in organic matter. Hardiness Zone: 4-8
Label No
Common name Snake's Head Fritillary, Checkered Lily
Family Liliaceae
Genus Fritillaria
Species Fritillaria meleagris
Cultivar No
Therapeutic uses No
Germination Sow thinly on the surface of the compost and just cover with 6mm or so of grit, then cover the pot with a polythene bag or glass. Keep outdoors with the compost moist but not wet and out of direct sunlight. The seedlings should appear above ground the following spring and should be left in their pots for two full growing seasons before transplanting into the garden.
Scarification / Stratification Seeds need a period of cold to germinate. They can be left outdoors to go through the seasons naturally or germination hastened by stratification.

Mix the seeds in a clean plastic sealed or ziplock bag with thoroughly moistened vermiculite or peat and place in the bottom vegetable/fruit compartment of your refrigerator. Do not put in the freezer.
It is important to thoroughly but only slightly dampen the vermiculite or peat. Excessive moisture can cause your seeds to mildew and grow moldy.
Some seeds will actually start to germinate during this process.
Remove them and start sowing.

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