Brief explanation lily cultivation process
The cultivation process of most lily bulbs that you buy from us takes 6 years for lilies that you buy in the spring and 7 years for lilies that you buy in the summer and early autumn. This production process proceeds from tissue culture material originating from tissue culture laboratory via so-called “scale flowerbulbs” that are broken into small pieces into planting material that is grown into deliverable bulbs that can be delivered from October. A part of these mature bulbs will remain in the ground for a seventh year. These so-called 2-year-old lilies can then be harvested in the summer after that for early delivery.
A number of our lilies, including Lilium Henryi, trumpet lilies such as Lilium Regale, Lilium Pumilum and Citronella types are propagated by seed. The cultivation process of these so-called seed lilies takes 3 years. The first year the best bulbs for seed production are planted in the greenhouse and the flowers are pollinated by hand. The second year the seed is sown in the greenhouse and grows into planting material. In the fourth year this planting material is planted outside and grows into deliverable bulbs.
A number of cultivars form so-called leaf beads in the leaf axils during cultivation. These leaf beads are formed after the flowerbuds are cu of and can be harvested from August. This is manual work. The beads are stored in potting soil at 0 to -2 ° C and planted out the following growing season and grow into planting material. The planting material grows into deliverable bulbs in the second year.