Black Lilium 'Mapira'
Clearly bred from the 'red' side of black, this incredibly deep velvety black bloom is one of the earliest to flower for us here in the Dandenong Ranges. Strong growing, with a high flower count from a small bulb, it is a simply divine garden performer! This cultivar compliments the trio of Lilium Night Ryder and Lilium Mascara!
We begin our dispatch for Liliums from Mid June, offering high quality, hand packed and hand harvested stock. We offer top sized bulbs, that will make a fantastic display. We WILL have an initial backlog of orders that takes us some time to clear.
An exciting new class of Lilium, Oriental x trumpet Lilies 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.