Gymea lilies – among the most spectacular native flowering plants in Australia – do grow well in Melbourne – successful plantings are on my golf course. While wandering around (‘playing’) the course in autumn I noticed a green-keeper collecting used flower stems with their seed pods from the Gymeas. I asked for some – he was happy to get rid of them – and took them home. I ended up with hundreds of seeds from the pods which I soaked in warmish water for an hour or so and then left on the surface of a seed planting mix in a shade house. It has been cold in Melbourne this winter with heavy frosts so I didn’t hold out great chances.
But on returning from a month in China – about 70 days since I gathered the seeds – I found almost all had germinated. So they are very easy to grow from seed. They do take a long time to get to a flowering stage – up to 8 years – but maybe I will still be around to enjoy them then. I’ll certainly have more than enough plants!
I get pleasure from growing native plants from seed.