22 comments on “Wordless Wednesday: Lilium formosanum, two years from seed :)

  1. sueturner31 says:

    Amazing and well done, worth the wait…I love growing difficult plants from seed ..love the challenge and the satisfaction of saying ‘I’ grew this …. 🙂 🙂 🙂

    • bittster says:

      haha yes, to non-gardeners especially when you offhandedly mention you grew something from seed they seem even more impressed.
      I have to admit these were no harder than growing tomatoes… in fact they’re right in the tomato bed and seem to love the spot!

  2. Chloris says:

    On well done Frank. Absolutely beautiful. I thought L. regale was the quickest to bloom from seed but these are fast ones too. Well worth any effort for these beauties. Exquisite, and no lily beetle damage. I hope they never reach you.

    • bittster says:

      I’m grateful to be outside the range of the dreaded lily beetle, but I’m sure my days are numbered. There were some rumors this spring of an introduced beetle predator making life a bit easier for lily growers but I haven’t heard it verified yet.
      I have a few L. regale from seed as well, but these will need another year yet. I didn’t see it, but I’ve read that with good care L. formosanum may even bloom it’s first year. What an idea, and annual lily!

  3. Lisa Rest says:

    Just beautiful. Good going. I too like it when something grows from seed, although more often than not it’s in my yard it’s planted itself. 🙂

  4. mattb325 says:

    Well done! It sure is a beauty 🙂

  5. Christina says:

    Beautiful I knew some lilies weren’t difficult from seed but two years is amazing for something so large. Is it perfumed too?

  6. Woo hoo! Ya gotta love success that beautiful. 🙂

  7. Only two years? Wowza! I hope my tree peony experiment does half that well in the same amount of time, LOL

  8. Gorgeous!! Hard from seed?

  9. Alain says:

    Very nice. I also grow lilies from seed but usually they only boom on the 3rd year. I have a large batch of Lilium pumilum that have sprouted this year. They should bloom in the summer of 2017! Put that way it seems far in the future, but it will come soon enough.

    • bittster says:

      It’s great when you have a few seed batches coming along each year, there’ almost always something new blooming each summer once you get the pipeline filled.
      This lily is fast from seed, I’ve heard it may even bloom in the first year if it likes the conditions enough and has a long enough season…. It tolerates heat as well, more of a fast growing southern lily I suppose.

  10. Pretty impressive. I thought longer from seed. I just let them self seed and never really watched how long they took to flower like that.

  11. Ooh, that is nice. And I like how it blooms so late in the season.

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