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|Germination||You can sow the seeds directly in prepared ground or a cold frame, but much quicker results are possible with indoor culture. Any kind of four to six inches deep containers may be used. A light fluffy soil potting mix sold in stores?. vermiculite? they are all are good. Lily seeds are quite large and should be spaced about one-half to one inch apart. If you use sphagnum to cover, sprinkle with a fine spray, but the whole container has to soak thoroughly by setting in a pan of water for several hours. After allowing excess water to drain away, cover the container with plastic or bag, and store in a warm place. The seedlings should start to appear in about fourteen days . . . maybe sooner. 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. Germination can take longer. Be patient!
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