It is cold outside and there is a great yearning for spring and Cabin Fever is my constant companion. I need to do some gardening.
This past year, I saved some naturally hybridized Oriental lily seeds.
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which form seed pods that ripen, turn brown, and split apart at the top dispersing seeds as they shake in the wind.
Use what you have. On Jan. 21st I started them on a damp paper towel in a baggie in front of a south facing window where the temperature is about 70°.
Here we are January 27, six days later, with sprouts. They practically all sprouted.
Today, I pricked them out and put them in some growing medium, a deep plastic container covered and sealed with plastic wrap, to continue growing with plenty of head room. My paper towels were strong 2 ply and some of the sprouts were already going into the paper. It is a good thing I did it today or I would have lost more than a few trying to separate them. A single ply paper napkin may have been a better choice.
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Lilium orientalis Seedlings Cotyledon Stage
An egg crate is a good container for individuals. I put holes in one crate, rested it in another, and covered in plastic wrap. This container was planted January 28. So far, so good. Go sprouts.