Prop­a­gate gymea lilies

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The Gymea lily (Do­ryan­thes ex­celsa) is ar­guably the most spec­tac­u­lar of our na­tive plants. Its bold clumps of long, strappy leaves and large, red, beacon-like flower heads tower over the gar­den on long, spear-like stems. It makes such an in­cred­i­ble im­pact as a land­scap­ing plant, and an equally dra­matic state­ment in a large con­tainer. Gymea lilies are very easy plants to grow from seed col­lected from dried flow­ers and sown in mid-spring to early sum­mer. Sprin­kle some of the disc-like seeds on pot­ting mix, cover lightly and keep moist. Be pa­tient – they take up to two months to ger­mi­nate. Once they are big enough to han­dle, trans­plant into pots to grow them on un­til they look es­tab­lished and ready to plant out (about 12 months). You can also prop­a­gate them by divi­sion, but it’s only worth do­ing if the plants are still small, as dig­ging up a large clump is back­break­ing work!

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