Starting Lily of the Nile from seed?

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  1. cherylad

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    I finally got some seeds from the Lily of the Nile near my office. But I was reading that it may take up to 4 years for the plant to flower when starting from seed?
    Has anyone tried this and did it really take that long?
     
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    eileen Resident Taxonomist Staff Member Moderator Plants Contributor

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    As far as I know Cherylad it easy to grow this hardy perennial plant from seed.

    Cover the seed lightly to sow, and germinate at about 75 degrees F. Germination takes anywhere from 3 to 5 weeks. Then grow the young plants on in full sun (or very bright light indoors), spacing them 2 feet apart in the garden.

    It does take between 2-3 years for it to flower for the first time though so you need to have patience with it. The Lily of the Nile will continue to flower for you for many, many years after it's first blooming.

    Good luck and keep us updated on their progress won't you?
     
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    Guess I'll give them a try. Okay... now where did I my put jar of patience? ;)
     
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    toni Mistress of Garden Junque Staff Member Moderator Plants Contributor

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    Do know how long that one has been in the ground out there?
    I planted 5 of those out front last month, much smaller than that one tho. I wonder if I could have large ones like than next season or so.
     



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    cherylad Countess of Cute-ification Plants Contributor

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    We moved into this building 3 years ago. The shopping center next to us (where the plants are) was built at least 4-5 years ago. So... I'd say they were planted back then?
    Hope your's grows well!
     
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    MDavidson New Seed

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    I can relate to the patience syndrome:). I want some full grown trees to build a treehouse in before my kids are completely grown. I guess that idea will have to be reserved for grandkids.
     
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    I planted the seeds last week... and yesterday I noticed little baby sprouts! Hope they continue to grow quickly! (I know... patience patience)
    :)
     
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    MDavidson New Seed

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    Congratulations cherylad. It's exciting when seeds sprout.
     
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    Beautiful Lily of the Nile Cheryl. My mom used to grow them. I currently don't, but have agapanthus, which take up about same amount of space and look lovely too ;)
     
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    Hey cherylad... yup. patience. well, all plants forming a bulb normally take sometime from seed to bloom. It's not like a zinnia. They do need time.
    But it's great you've already got them sprouting.
    This is what I fear when I plant seeds... that nothing comes up!
    Patience!

    Bodhi... isn't lily of the nile = Agapanthus? Is there a difference???

    I am Romanian, so I am not familiar with the common English names. Over here, exotic plants always go by their latin name.

    But I googled, and it kinda looks to me like it's the same plant.

    :)
    Calin
     
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    Bodhi Seedling

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    Lol Calin, You know, you may be right. I recognize this plant from Mom's garden, but do not keep up with common names. My agapanthus have a different, more swirl-like leaf patterm (cone-like). Maybe it is my species alone, and that you are absolutely correct. I'll have to ask
    the good people here, and take a photo of the leaf set of mine. :)
     
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    calinromania Young Pine

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    hehehe... not a bugger myself. i just heard lily of the nile before (english sites) and i always thought it was agapanthus.
    don't think it's hardy in romania, anyway. people keep it in pots.
    should give it a try someday. i think i tried seeds before, nothing came up.
    and bulbs are kinda expensive here... i wonder why :D
    CALIN
     
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    Bodhi Seedling

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    If I could get them to you across the great ocean, I have so many 'bulbs' I can't grow, and they are trying to sprout. I have no space for them. Sure wish there was a way to find them a home. Mine have white flower heads, not the lovely blue she has shown above. nonetheless, they are very pretty. ;)
     
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    toni Mistress of Garden Junque Staff Member Moderator Plants Contributor

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    Yep, Lily of the Nile is the common name of Agapanthus. There are several species of Agapanthus so some of them might have had the wrong common name attached to them.

    I had some year before last but found out the hard way that they just do not like the weather conditions in my garden so I have decided that tropicals are just not for me.
     
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    Bodhi Seedling

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    Well, there's the answer. TY. I tend to lean towards the scientific name, so don't end up buying seed/plants of something entirely different than what I'd expected. learn something every day :)
     

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