Lilium Asiatic - Salmon - 5 bulbs p-pack
Delivery from: May - August
How to plant, care for and grow Lilium
|Name derived from||In Latin, lilium was derived from Greek leirion which is what Theophrastus used for a Madonna lily.|
Lilium asiatic; Lilium asiflorum & Lilium longiflorum: Lily
Lilium longiflorum: St. Joseph's lily
|Sun Exposure||Full sun and semi-shade.|
Lilium asiatic: red, orange, pink, yellow and white.
Lilium asiflorum: yellow, white, orange, lavender, red, pink, and bicolor.
Lilium longiflorum: pure white
|Frost Tolerance||Light frost|
|Predators||Slugs and snails. Aphids can cause viruses. Botyrtis could form in humid conditions.|
Lilium is a true bulb. There are 110 species which originated in the temperate regions of the northern hemisphere. There have been many hybrids created through crossing species and this has led to a detailed classification system for Lilium. The best species are cloned and used for further breeding. This has led to the lily being more resistant to disease and tolerant of different climates and soil.
The Asiatic hybrids were derived from a species in Asia. At maturity, Lilium asiatic will reach a height of 1.5m.
Lilium asiflorum is fairly new and it was introduced to Europe in 1992, it is extremely popular especially for cut flowers. They have been created by crossing L. longiflorum and Asiatic hybrids. At maturity, the Lilium asiflorum will reach a height of roughly 1m.
Lilium longiflorum is extremely suitable for the South African climate. At maturity, it will reach a height of 1m.
Pollen poisonous to cats.
Remove the pollen once the flowers begin to open to prevent staining and consumption by animals or children.
Seasons and planting
It is important to plant newly bought bulbs straight after purchasing them. The soil for growing Lilium is crucial. Dig a hole of 40cm and work in compost and sand – manure is also good but must be well decomposed. After planting, add a thick mulch and water regularly. Lilium should be planted in an area that is cool but has sufficient sun in your garden – easiest to plant them under shrubs.
Lilium asiatic should be planted at a depth of 8cm and with 20cm spacing between the bulbs. The lowest temperature that this plant can tolerate is -2°C.
Lilium asiflorum should be planted at a depth of 8cm and with 15cm spacing between the bulbs. The lowest temperature that this plant can tolerate is -2°C.
Lilium longiflorum should be planted at a depth of 8cm and with 15cm spacing between the bulbs. The lowest temperature that this plant can tolerate is -2°C
You can grow Lilium in pots or containers which must have a hole in the base for drainage. If you use a saucer, it should be emptied after watering. If planting in a pot, ensure that the pot has 10cm below the bulb for the roots to grow.
Lilium produce bulblets and bulbils which should be replanted immediately. The pollen of one plant cannot fertilise its own stigma and must be crossed from one plant to another which can be achieved by applying the pollen-bearing stamens from one plant to another plants stigma. Scaling can also be used at home.