(Martagon Lily, Turk's Cap)
16 seeds $2.75
Lilium martagon blooms in June and July with purple, spotted, Turk's cap-style flowers. It's one of the most graceful lilies in the garden.
Lilium martagon is one of my favorite species lilies. It is long-lived and adaptable. It even grows in our alkaline soil here in the west. It's a little tricky to start from seed, but I actually succeeded on my first try many years ago when I was a new gardener.
Martagon lily won an Award of Garden Merit from the Royal Horticultural Society. Hardy in zones 3-8.
height 40" spacing 15"
Sowing Lilium martagon Seeds
The ideal time to start Martagon lily seeds is in December to January. They will be indoors for the first 6 months.
Soak seeds in a 10% bleach solution for 10 minutes. Moisten some seed-starting mix with water that has fertilizer added (like Schultz Liquid Plant Food). The soil should be moist, not soggy.
Place the seeds inside a small ziploc bag, sticking them to the sides of the bag. Fill the bag with the soil, pressing out the excess air, and seal the bag. Keep at room temperature for 3 months, then transfer to the fridge for 3 months.
Remove from the fridge, and sow the seeds in pots with sand mixed into the potting soil for drainage. Sow 1/4" deep.
Keep in a shady place for the first year before transplanting to the garden in full sun to part shade. Do not overwater or allow to dry out. Fertilize as needed.