Propagate gymea lilies
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!