Martagon lilies are easier to grow and maintain than some think. Lily Alberta Morning has flowers that are a rose red with white speckling. Martagon Lily Alberta Morning is an ideal garden plant that can take a second year to establish. Lilies can be left undisturbed for years and will only need to be moved when they become overcrowded.
Martagon lilies are also known as Turk’s cap lily, also applied to a number of other species, comes from the characteristic reflexed shape of the petals. The specific epithet martagon is a Turkish word which also means turban or cap.
Plant indoors: Lilies are very hardy and can withstand the cold so can be planted direct into soils outside in gardens and borders.
Plant Outside: Lilies are a very versatile garden plant and they are ideal when grown in borders or containers around the house and garden. Once planted lilies are best left undisturbed for a number of years. Cultivate soils to a depth of 25cms and plant bulbs 10-15cms deep and 10cms apart. In heavy soils add humus matter and dig in well. Lilies prefer to be grown in well drained soils in the cooler or shadier parts of the garden. Lilies do like to get some sun during the day so very shaded areas are not recommended.
Protect the young shoots from slugs and snails and remember to feed the bulbs with bone-meal or something similar during the flowering period.
In heavy soils add a handful of grit to the hole before planting the lily.
Lilies will benefit from using bulb starter or root grow when planting.
You can leave martagon lilies year after year so require little aftercare if planted in the right place.
Flowering height: 3-5 feet (90-150cms)
Flowering Period: June -July
Soil type: Humus rich slightly acidic soils. Free draining soils that do not get waterlogged.
Aspect: Semi shade to full sun. Happy in the colder parts of the garden.
Bulb spacing: Garden 10cms. Containers so as bulbs do not touch each other
Planting depth: Garden 10-15cms, Containers minimum 10cms
Our Tip: Pests. If Lily beetle is a problem, spray with an appropriate insecticide. Alternatively the orange adults can be picked off and then check the underneath of the leaves for larvae.