Lilium mackliniae ‘Naga form’
Lilium mackliniae ‘Naga form’ is a sumptuous beauty from India.
With large, rich pink flaring bells opening from dark rose glistening buds.
Huge flower heads on a compact plant
And this sultry temptress bears up to 10-12 gorgeous, nodding blooms per stem.
Enchanting all comers in mid spring to early summer.
Sadly Lilium mackliniae ‘Naga form’ is now very critically endangered in the wild of northern India. But gardeners now treasure it as one of the loveliest of all Lilies.
Excellent cut flowers
Fortunately the 80cm. high flower stems are strong, and make superb cut blooms for a vase indoors.
Where the blooms last long and well in a vase.
Hardy & easy to grow
Lilium mackliniae ‘Naga form’ thrives in Part Shade, Dappled sun under trees and shrubs, or a Morning Sun position.
So it also loves leaf mould and well rotted compost and manure.
And enjoys and performs best in humus rich, well-drained soil with an acid pH.
Can be left undisturbed for years to happily multiply
Lilium mackliniae ‘Naga form’ is a hardy, stoloniferous bulb that can be left in the ground permanently from one year to the next.
It reliably increases in the garden by making offsets each year, as well as self-sown seedlings.
So you can soon have a wonderous colony.
Bees are entranced by the huge heads of bloom just as we are
Bees find these showy bell blooms just as irresistible as we do, as they gather the pollen from them.
Frost hardy & easy care
Lilium mackliniae ‘Naga form’ is frost hardy, low maintenance, very satisfying, easy care plant.
80cm. High in spectacular flower x 20cm. Wide neat foliage clump.
Foliage dies away without fuss after blooming. To reappear again next spring.
SEED SOWING ADVICE: Lilium mackliniae ‘Naga form’
Sow in punnets indoors at any time / or sow outdoors in garden autumn or winter.
INDOORS: First sow the seeds on their sides, in a punnet on the surface of good quality seed raising mix.
Then barely cover the seeds with grit/sieved mix/or sand.
Now keep the punnet moist in a warm, well-lit position for 4 weeks (not in direct sunlight).
Because temperatures of 18-24°C. are ideal for rapid and optimum germination.
Then seeds usually sprout in 21-28 days
However if the seeds are shy to germinate, then they require a period of chilling to break their natural dormancy.
So wrap the sown, moist punnet in cling wrap or a plastic bag and place in fridge (not freezer) for 6 weeks.
After the period of chilling in the fridge, remove punnet from the fridge, unwrap & place again in a warm, well-lit position at 18-24°C.
But patience – do not discard punnet, as some seedlings may come later than others, and this is normal for this plant.
SEED COUNT: 8 large seeds per pack approx.
(We always aim to exceed the stated seed count and give a generous serve).
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