How to Care for a 35 Year Old Fern Herb:Fermented lily, aka grow your own lily

How to Care for a 35 Year Old Fern Herb:Fermented lily, aka grow your own lily

Morris, AK – May 2018 – Lobelia polyhalis is a favorite plant growing between the 1950’s to the 1960’s. It is characterized by having an upright growth habit and long beedle ivy-like leaves. This is a fast growing and self-seeding tropical plant species with a heavy root system and hardiness to temperatures ranging from 38-50F. Low humidity is also a major problem.

This adorably cute plant requires a good environment that not only provides potting mix but fresh water and supplemental fertilizer. Frequent watering is needed to promote root growth to establish a strong root system. The lily is more drought resistant than many that we grow in the garden.

Types of Grow and Care

The plant is daisy-shaped with a short creamy white umbel at the center. It was once grown as a vegetable in my nursery in the 1970’s. The plants are excellent planters and outstanding in containers.

These plants can be planted at this time and need nothing but regular watering and fertilization. Easy to keep. It can also be selected for an annual planting through the Gardeners Calendar May 3rd and if planted near a humid garden area can grow as well. A bulb provides moisture and keeps the plant alive through cool months.

Other Uses in the Garden

This plant can be used to cover the root zone in containers for insulation when the need arises. In the winter the base rotates; white winter corms appear and are suitable as a ground cover or as a container plant. The black seeds of which can be collected for later consumption. These corms are digested more easily.

A plant of this variety is a great contributor to the landscape.

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Please note: If you choose to grow this plant, you do so at your own risk. If the plant becomes extremely problematic, you could suffer serious or even fatal consequences if you do not take action. If you do experience problems with the plant, please contact your local nursery or find reliable information at or

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