'Trumpet Hybrids' (Info)
Trumpet and Aurelian cultivars are highly fragrant and can be somewhat overwhelming to sensitive noses if too many are brought indoors at one time. In the garden they are wonderful with imposing height and perfume. Bulbs grow best in areas of moderate winter temperature (winter minimums in the 30's to about zero). Success can also be experienced in colder climates where there is a reliable snow cover or where mulch has been applied after the ground begins to freeze in the fall. Sprouts survive most Midwestern winters with additional protection; freezing can occur if sprouts are not protected during late or hard frosts. Cover with inverted flower pots if severe frosts are expected in late spring. Light frost usually does no harm.
Trumpets lilies are quite happy in areas of Alkaline soil or water, they also require the least amount of winter chill to flower well, so are good for the more southern areas.
First year plants are typically only one-half or two-thirds mature height. As bulbs establish, heavy flower heads can bend stems. Position a 12-inch wooden marker next to the bulb when planting, and if support is needed later, replace with a 3 to 4-foot sturdy stake without fear of damage to bulb.
A STRAIN is a selection of plants, similar in breeding, grouped together, with may resemble one another, but are not identical. CLONES are genetic duplicates - each bulb blooms exactly like the original cultivar. Occasionally we may add bulbs of the named clone to a batch of seedlings in order to "stretch" the supply, but we never deliberately substitute a strain for advertised clones.
These purple-colored bulbs normally are about 6 inches in circumference with a maximum shipping size of about 8 to 10 inches. The "monster" pictured above was a single, 5 to 6-inch circumference bulb planted three years earlier. This bulb produced two stems, seven feet in height, with flowers firmly pressed against the eaves of the house. When dug, this double-nosed bulb had grown to 19-1/4 inches in circumference! Divide Trumpet & Aurelian bulbs every 3 to 5 years, whenever the clumps become overcrowded or the flower quantity is reduced in number.