Lilium African Queen
Tree Lilium AFRICAN QUEEN
Lilium African Queen is a very popular cultivar, distinct orange blooms with a striking fragrance. Tall and strong grower.
- HEIGHT: 200+cm
- WIDTH: 15cm
- SUPPLIED AS: Dormant Bulbs
- DIVISION: Oriental x Trumpet (OT Lilium)
- PLANT DEPTH: 5cm
- PLANT SPACING: 5-10cm
- PLANTING WINDOW: June - September
- FLOWERING TIME: January-March
- GROWING ZONES: Vic, SA, TAS, NSW, QLD Ex Tropical. WA.
- CUT FLOWER: Yes
- FRAGRANT: Yes
- Fragrant Scale: 10/10
- Bloom position: Downward Facing
An exciting new class of Lilium, the TREE LILIUM. Why are their called this? Well, use a little imagination. In their second and third years, cultivars such as this can reach 2-3m in height with up to 30 blooms the size of a dinner plate on each stem! A serious statement piece! Their official class is Oriental x trumpet Lilium, which are highly suited to the Australian climate. Their large blooms carry the perfume of the Oriental Lily, with the strong growth habit of the Trumpet Lily.
In general the Lilium family is very hardy. Easy to grow Liliums perform best in a full sun or part shade position, with well drained soil. Prepare a hole to a depth of 25cm, making the soil loose and friable. Plant the bulbs with the root system downwards allowing for approximately 5cm of soil to cover.
Liliums have a dual feeding system. One root system establishes to the flower stem, feeding the current seasons flower. The second system comes from the bulbs basal plate, and feeds the bulb directly, assisting to make next years flowers. Liliums can be fed at planting, and repeat fed through out their growing season. We use Nitrophoska granule fertiliser alternating with sheep manure.
If you intend on picking the blooms, leave at least 1/3 of the stem length on the bulb to ensure the bulb maintains its size to produce next seasons flower.