Friday, July 13, 2012

Lilies for Life

Here is a georgia genotype of Lilium superbum from Nearly Native Nursery.  This is called Lilium superbum 'N3 Redneck'.   This distinctive flower is more infused with reddish hues than many wild forms where orange is the dominant color.  Several more selections of L. superbum from Nearly Native Nursery are about to flower in my collection.

While perhaps not so exciting at this point, this picture holds many promises.  These are a mixture of trumpet lily hybrid seedlings started back in February.  They have been growing like weeds and are already quite large.

An individual, 1-gallon pot with several trumpet lily seedlings.  These plants are definitely exhibiting some hybrid vigor.  Perhaps there will be a few flowers next year.

This year I was given a variety of very, very choice Lilium species seedlings that had been started in vitro.  The robust seedlings that result from this treatment are easy to transplant, and larger than seedlings started in seed pots and in plastic bags with perlite.  The seedlings in this picture are some Lilium papilliferum that are growing like mad.  The bulbs were about 0.5 inches in diameter when I received them and are at least three times that size now.  I was given many choice species, all started in vitro, that are growing vigorously.

Here are a couple of bulbs of Lilium pitkinense.  This species rapidly produced an initial flush of large, lush leaves and is now putting out a second flush of growth and it appears one of the plants on producing a blind stem.  To the left of this plant are some seedlings of a yellow flowered form of Lilium philadelphicum.  Although small, these seedlings are growing very well.

Here is an exceptional yellow L. philadelphicum seedlings that has produced a blind stem.  These seedlings are slower than some of the other species, but are continually producing new leaves and an extensive root system.

I am hesitant to show these because things can easily go very wrong with this species.  From the same generous friend came these seedlings of a naturally occurring Lilium bolanderi hybrid.  So far, so good.  I'm not going to get too excited about these yet.

I am excited about all of these lily seedlings (there are more to show), but I am particularly excited about these Lilium ledebourii.  I have long lusted for this species and am happy to report that these seedlings are quite happy at the moment.

Success with these seedlings has inspired me to try my hand at sowing seed in vitro.  So far I have sown several species and success has been mixed.  Contamination has not been a problem, but failure to germinate (so far) has been problematic for a few things.  There have been some notable success.  One of them is the vary rare Lilium lijiangense.  More on in vitro seed sowing in the future.

And finally, a couple of things that will flower this year.  This is a form of Lilium michauxii from Tallapoosa Co. AL that I grew from bulb scales.  This is the first flower.  Can't wait!

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