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'Kushi Maya' - Species x Oriental Lily

Kushi Maya' - Species x Oriental Lily
Kushi Maya' - Species x Oriental Lily
Kushi Maya' - Species x Oriental Lily
Kushi Maya' - Species x Oriental Lily

'Kushi Maya' - Species x Oriental Lily

l8056 $19.95

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A cross of the magnificent L. nepalense, (a native of Nepal) crossed with pollen from a white Oriental hybrid and using the process of embryo rescue (removing the embryo from the seed and growing it in a test tube containing a growth medium) the world was given the magnificent 'Kushi Maya'. For the most part, 'Kushi Maya' retains the look of the species seed parent L. nepalense, but is more outward facing than pendant. Best of all, this hybrid has taken on the hardiness and growth characteristics of the Oriental and can be grown under the same conditions as most other Oriental lilies - hardy through zone 7 without protection, and with a good mulch in colder areas applied AFTER the ground has frozen. As with orientals, in the hotter areas of the US, a little shade for them in the afternoon is appreciated but in cooler areas such as here in the Pacific NW, full sun is fine.

After settling, 'Kushi Maya' will attain a height of about 4 feet, but expect a more modest 2 to 3 feet the first season. July Flowering and fragrant.

PLEASE NOTE: 'Kushi Maya' has been discontinued from production in Holland which means that there is no more planting stock available. We are offering our remaining bulbs, rather than scaling for future production, simply because of the time involved. If scaled in the fall of 2018, the bulbs produced from those scales would not be ready for market until 'Bob' is 73 or possible even 74 depending on the next four summers. Once these are gone, they are gone. A magnificent lily, that thrives in the garden, there is not a good market for it in the cut flower / forcing trade which makes up the bulk of the Dutch market, thus it is dropped from production.

VERY LIMITED SUPPLY.

Photo Inserts: Insert #1 is of a single flower of L. nepalense as flowered by B & D Lilies on our farm over 20 years ago to show the similarities. The main difference is the outer petal color which is more green in the species and a bit of a yellow or lime green in 'Kushi Maya'. Insert #2 is of first bloom in Dianna's trial garden. Insert #3 shows 'Kushi Maya' with a sunburst background that our daughter, Anne Marie, took in the summer of 2016.

Bulb Size - Our standard for bulbs of this Oriental Hybrid Lily Bulb cultivar ranges from Premium-size (16/18 cm) to Exhibition-size (over 18 cm). Click here for details.

Classification: Lilium Species x White Oriental Hybrid (USDA Zones 7-9, lows to 5 deg F, colder with protection)

Stock #8056 - 'Kushi Maya' - Lily Species x White Oriental Hybrid

Plant Lily Bulbs Immediately upon Receipt

Lily bulbs are never completely dormant and need to be planted as soon as possible. You can delay planting for 2-3 weeks by keeping the bulbs in a cool, not frozen (34-40 F.), area of a garage, basement or refrigerator, but longer and you risk bulb damage. You must open the shipping box to check your order and then re-close any plastic bags before short term storage. Our packing material protects your bulbs and absorbs excessive moisture, but if large water droplets form within the plastic bag, poke more air holes in the sides of the poly bag, being careful to not damage your sleeping bulbs. Lily bulbs are happiest in the garden where they can begin growing new roots immediately.

Choose an area with good air circulation and well-drained soil. Waterlogged soils, with poor drainage or too much organics in the soil mean certain death to lily bulbs. A sloping site with natural drainage is best. When planting in heavy clay, try mixing Perlite (the white crunchy stuff found in commercial potting soil not Vermiculite that holds moisture) or sand with the native soil to create raised beds 8 to 10 inches above ground level, or make raised beds of garden-safe, treated wood. If bothered by moles, mice or gophers nail 1/4-inch galvanized hardware cloth on the bottom of the framework before you back fill with good soil. Sandy loam soils rich in humus with a pH of 5.5-6.5 are ideal.

Lilies look most natural planted in triangular groups of three, spaced 12-18 apart. Provide at least 6 hours of sun, dappled shade in very warm regions for Orientals. Cover bulbs with fluffy soil and mulch to control weeds and maintain even ground moisture. Plant bulbs 2- 4 deeper in areas where daily temperatures average over 90 degrees F. and the soil is sandy. Do not plant among aggressive ground covers or where large trees or shrubs will rob nutrients or moisture. Lily bulbs need regular fertilizer, water, and cultivation. They do NOT naturalize like Daffodils or Tulips, which have a hard outer shell. Be sure to mulch bulbs in cold climates if a good winter snow cover is not expected. Likewise, in more temperate areas, cold saturated soil will rot lily bulbs some years, so a raised area and fast-draining soil is recommended. Click to leave this page and go to More Information


Find your USDA Hardiness Zone

The chart published by the USDA and complete interactive searching can be found on the website for the US National Arboretum. When researching your location, bear in mind that the map lines are not absolute and each garden has its own unique micro-climate. Neighborhoods with more trees blocking the wind, hills that "drain" away moisture faster, concrete bulkheads, sidewalks and driveways that tend to collect heat, as well as southern exposures will allow you to grow plants that might not be recommended for your area. The general guidelines are based on average low temperatures are found below. To open a new browser window access the interactive map click USDA Zone Chart

Asiatics (Graffity, Tigerplay, etc.) grow best in zones 1 to 9, no winter mulch is needed and they prefer colder winters to reset bloom.

Purebred Orientals (Casablanca, Star Gazer, etc.), without mulch, zones 6 to 9, but if heavily mulched for winter or with a good snowfall, down to zone 3 or 4 easily.

Purebred Trumpets (Copper King, Pink Perfection, etc.), without mulch, zones 7 to 10; heavily mulched, down to zone 3 or 4, but can be subject to late freeze damage in May, cover emerging stems if temperatures below 30 degrees F. are expected.

Oriental-Trumpet Hybrids (Conca d' Or, Sweetheart, etc.), same as Purebred Orientals, but seem to be more resistant to late frost damage, plus because of the trumpet genes, they do not require as much winter chill as Oriental lilies, thus are very suitable for southern areas and will take higher heat in summer.


Zone 1--- ( Below -50 F) --- Fairbanks, Alaska; Resolute, NW Territories (Canada)
Zone 2a --- (-50 to -45 F) --- Prudhoe Bay, Alaska; Flin Flon, Manitoba (Canada)
Zone 2b --- (-45 to -40 F) --- Unalakleet, Alaska; Pinecreek, Minnesota
Zone 3a --- (-40 to -35 F) --- International Falls, Minnesota; St. Michael, Alaska
Zone 3b --- (-35 to -30 F) --- Tomahawk, Wisconsin; Sidney, Montana
Zone 4a --- (-30 to -25 F) --- Minneapolis/St.Paul, Minnesota; Lewistown, Montana
Zone 4b --- (-25 to -20 F) --- Northwood, Iowa; Nebraska
Zone 5a --- (-20 to -15 F) --- Des Moines, Iowa; Illinois
Zone 5b --- (-15 to -10 F) --- Columbia, Missouri; Mansfield, Pennsylvania
Zone 6a --- (-10 to -5 F) --- St. Louis, Missouri; Lebanon, Pennsylvania
Zone 6b --- (-5 to 0 F) --- McMinnville, Tennessee; Branson, Missouri
Zone 7a --- (0 to 5 F) --- Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; South Boston, Virginia
Zone 7b --- (5 to 10 F) --- Little Rock, Arkansas; Griffin, Georgia
Zone 8a --- (10 to 15 F) --- Tifton, Georgia; Dallas, Texas
Zone 8b --- (15 to 20 F) --- Austin, Texas; Gainesville, Florida
Zone 9a --- (20 to 25 F) --- Houston, Texas; St. Augustine, Florida
Zone 9b --- (25 to 30 F) --- Brownsville, Texas; Fort Pierce, Florida
Zone 10a --- (30 to 35 F) --- Naples, Florida; Victorville, California
Zone 10b --- (35 to 40 F) --- Miami, Florida; Coral Gables, Florida
Zone 11 --- (above 40 F) --- Honolulu, Hawaii; Mazatlan, Mexico



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