Hardiness Zone: 3-8
Flower Color: Caramel, dark spots
Foliage Type: Linear, green leaves arranged in whorls or spirals up the stems
Bloom time: June
Height: 4-5 ft
Spread: 12 inches
Light requirements: Filtered sun
Plant depth: 6 inches of soil over top of bulb
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Lilium martagon thrives in sub-alpine meadows, woods or scrubs up to 7,000 feet above sea level and tolerates all soils, though it prefers neutral to alkaline conditions. They are incredibly easy to grow and few garden pests trouble them. Like most lilies, martagons need good drainage, so plant on sloping ground. Unlike true lilies, however, it’s a good idea to place martagons in a somewhat shady location with dappled sunlight - in the wild, they are only found in dappled sunlight at the edges of meadows.
Prepare the soil with large amounts of organic matter and humus. Martagon lilies can do well in just about any type of soil, provided that some lime is added yearly to the soil. The general rule of thumb for planting spring bulbs is to plant two to three times as deep as the bulb is tall. Plant with the roots downward and the scales upward. After planting, water well two or three times. Lilies are most effective when planted in groups of three or more. Because martagons grow slower than other lilies, you can plant bulbs a bit closer together - about 8-12 inches apart.
Always allow the leaves on the stalk to turn yellow and fall off as part of the lily’s natural growth process. This ensures that the bulbous underground part of the plant has gotten enough nourishment and will mean greater growth next year. Each year watch their beauty increase as they multiply!
To cold and wet to plant
It's been to cold and raining to get them planted. They arrived when it was very cold out. The bulbs are still in my cold storage.
Bloomed same season!
This was my first attempt at martagon lilies and from all I read, it seemed that they would not bloom the first year. However, all the marathon bulbs I bought from you bloomed within a couple of months! They were very sturdy plants and the blossoms were wonderful. I planted in partial shade and they are thriving. Thanks so much!
I received my 'Guinea Gold, and 'Manitoba Morning' in good time. I was really pleased with the size of the bulbs; they should do very well.