Cobra Lilies are one of the most popular plants in gardens. They are easy to care for and provide beautiful flowers year round. If you have ever planted a garden, then you would know that they will always remain there even if it gets cold or wet outside. You can plant them anywhere, but they love full sun and moist soil conditions. Soil type doesn’t matter too much since they like lots of moisture. However, they do prefer rich soil with organic material. Cobras are native to tropical and subtropical regions of the world. They are not invasive in any way.
They require little water so don’t worry about watering them often. They need light shade during hot summer months and moderate shade during winter months.
The best time to plant them is spring through fall when temperatures reach around 50 degrees Fahrenheit (10 C).
You can buy cobra lily seeds online or at some nurseries. They are available in many colors including white, pink, purple, yellow and red. There are also different varieties of cobras such as the big eye variety which grows up to 3 feet tall and the small eye variety which grows up to 1 foot tall.
If you want to grow your own cobra lily plant from seed then you can start germinating them now! To start, gather together your supplies which include:
Medium size pot (accommodates the roots),
Sphagnum moss (enough to line the bottom of your pot),
A bag of seed-starting mixture,
Water can (for moistening sphagnum moss),
Butcher or kitchen knife (to slice open the seed husk), and
Cobra lily seeds.
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