Nomocharis and Notholirion

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Cockcroft
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I've been growing notholirion for a number of years, both N. bulbiferum and N. campanulatum.  They come readily from seed and bloom every year (once they reach blooming size).  I have a nice stalk budded up and will post a picture when the flowers open.  In the meantime, here are a couple of pictures from other years.

Claire Cockcroft
Bellevue, Washington Zone 7-8

Hoy
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Nomocharis and Notholirion are difficult to grow here although the climate should suit them. However the climate suite slugs and snails too :-\
I have had several attempts to grow these beauties - in wain.
Have one Nomocharis now which I have managed to save from slug attack so far . . .

Trond
Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers  (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!

Gene Mirro
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Lori wrote:

Beautiful, Claire and Tony!  What extraordinary flowers.  What hoops does one have to jump through to get germination of seeds?  

The seeds supposedly germinate at normal room temperature.  But I've found that most of the Nomocharis seed offered in the exchanges is dead.  Also, many of the seeds won't germinate until they have had several months at winter temperature, which for me is 0 - 5C (32 - 40F).  The other problem with Lilium and Nomocharis is that the plants can't stand high soil temperatures.  So you can't leave them in the pots in a warm greenhouse, or you will have nearly 100% losses.   I plant them in the open ground in late Spring, and mulch with wood chips to keep the soil cool.  I place an inverted 17 inch flat over the seedlings to protect against birds, and bait for slugs.  Mice, voles, and gophers will destroy the bulbs, so you must take precautions.  If you try to speed these plants up with a lot of fertilizer and sun, you will lose many of them.  But they do need light fertilization, or it will take forever for them to bloom.  It takes me 3 to 4 years to get the first blooms.  These seedlings do very well if you germinate them in the Fall and grow them under lights in a cool (60F) location over the winter.

If you grow lilies and Nomocharis over the winter, you may find that some of them will keep growing as long as conditions are good, but some of them will grow for a few months and then go dormant.  If you keep the dormant bulbs in warm, moist soil, they may rot.  So I place the pot in a sealed plastic bag, and place in the fridge (not the freezer) for 3 or 4 months.  Then they are ready to grow again.

SW Washington state, 600 ft. altitude

Cockcroft
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Finally, flowers on Notholirion campanulatum have opened.  Here's a picture.

Claire Cockcroft
Bellevue, Washington Zone 7-8

Lori S.
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Joined: 2009-10-27

Stunning!

Lori
Calgary, Alberta, Canada - Zone 3
-30 C to +30 C (rarely!); elevation ~1130m; annual precipitation ~40 cm

Gene Mirro
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Notholirion bulbuliferum, blooming 6/19/12:

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From NARGS seed, received 1/09.  The plants died after blooming.  They produced a small number of bulb offsets, but tons of seed.

SW Washington state, 600 ft. altitude

bulborum
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Looks amazing

my plant died after flowering
no bulblets or bulb left over
is this normal in Notholirion bulbuliferum ??

Roland

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AmyO
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Such gorgeous plants! I'll be looking for seed when the seed-ex list comes out. Unless someone has enough to share now..... ;)

Amy Olmsted
Hubbardton, VT, Zone 4

bulborum
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How come Amy you think the same as me  ;D
I lost mine :'(

Roland

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Gene Mirro
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Notholirion is monocarpic.  Nomocharis is perennial.  People often lose Nomocharis after one bloom season, but that's because the plants aren't happy with their growing conditions.

SW Washington state, 600 ft. altitude

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