|Common name||Turk's-Cap Lily|
|Germination||Sowing the Superbum seeds outdoors in the spring and waiting one year for germination is the easiest method. For faster results, soak the seeds for 24 hours in warm water. Sow the seeds about 1mm deep in a Peaty seed sowing mix at about 22°C, for 90 days. If they don’t germinate, put the pot in a plastic bag in the refrigerator for 90 days before bringing them back into a warm location for germination. Remove the plastic as soon as the first ‘‘hairpin’’ shoot shows and place in good light.
Water and light are all the seedlings will need for awhile. When most of the seed has sprouted, you may start feeding about every two weeks with dilute liquid fertilizer… organic fish emulsion is good. These first grass-like leaves are call cotyledons. The true leaves, which are broader, will appear in about four more weeks and in rapid succession from then on. Seedlings grown indoors will need to adjust to the brighter light and cooler temperatures before planting out. A protected place, out of wind and full sun for a couple of weeks, should condition them for their new outdoor life.
Set them directly into a raised nursery bed of carefully prepared soil, spacing the seedlings individually about six inches apart. Watered in with a ‘‘starter solution’’ and shaded for a few days, the little babies will grow merrily on as if nothing had happened. For those who hesitate to handle such young seedlings and fear a possible setback if the roots are disturbed, the containers may be placed in the cold frame until fall. The plants may take three years to reach their full size. Turk's cap lily bulbs should be planted 4 to 6 inches deep. Germination can take longer. Be patient!
|Scarification / Stratification||No|
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