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cedargrove
Bellingham, WA

January 27, 2012
7:54 PM

Post #8984883

Years ago I read an article writen by Jan De Graaff telling how he started with a few Lilies he tucked into the corners of his garden. He said he ended up with 75 acres of Lilies. I guess he like Lilies.

I have two questions about this. 1. Were the propagation methods back then the same as the modern used today? 2. How many bulbs would 75 acres preduce?

It's a slow day.

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

January 28, 2012
2:41 AM

Post #8985034

Groannnn I'll say its slow,today too.
I dont have nearly that large an area.Mine is maybe accumulated 3,000.sq.ft. Rough guess for lilies for me is 400 and they arent crammed in.
cedargrove
Bellingham, WA

February 23, 2012
8:57 PM

Post #9017824

Thank you for the reply.

I thought more would remember who Jan De Graaff was and what he did for lily culture. They wouldn't have a yard full of wonderful lilies now. Before him lilies were a rich man's toy.

I like your posts, you're very good.

John
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

February 24, 2012
7:02 AM

Post #9018135

John - I found this article on famous lily hybridizers and Jan de Graaf's story is there:
http://ssls.tussana.com/Personalities.html

To answer your initial question...an acre is 43,560 sq. ft. x 75 acres = 3,267,000 square feet. Assuming one lily per square foot he'd have had 3,267,000 lilies not allowing for paths. I won't venture a guess at how many lilies, using scales and seeds, that could produce.

Both back when de Graaf was growing and hybridizing the seeds and scales would have been used for propagation just as they do now.

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

February 24, 2012
7:34 AM

Post #9018169

WOW Pirl. Amazing
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

February 24, 2012
7:39 AM

Post #9018176

Unimaginable deadheading, right Jo Ann?

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

February 24, 2012
10:28 AM

Post #9018372

Hope the red beetle doesnt take up residence there.
cedargrove
Bellingham, WA

February 29, 2012
9:45 PM

Post #9025388

Thank you pirl for the tip on that web site. It's a good one. Many good stories there. My favorite kind.

John
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

March 2, 2012
4:44 PM

Post #9027514

You're welcome, John. I really enjoy reading the life stories of those who pioneered with any plant.

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