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The arum lily - Zantedeschia aethiopica, is arguably among the most beautiful and exotic of all hardy, ornamental flowering plants and now you can purchase their seeds at the 'Seeds of Eaden' seed shop. Native to southern Africa it is a rhizomatous herbaceous perennial with arrow shaped dark-green leaves, whose preferred habitat is in, and alongside, streams and ponds.
Under favourable conditions the arum lily can grow to between 60–100 cm tall when in bloom, and forms large clumps of foliage. Each leaf can be up to 45 cm long. The large pure white flowers are produced in the spring, with additions blooms during the summer and autumn.
Despite their exotic looks the seeds are reasonable easy to germinate. Soak the the seeds in a container of warm water overnight. The next day fill 3 inch pots with a good quality compost such as John Innes 'Seed and Cutting'. Place one seed on the surface of each pot and then give a light dressing of vermiculite as arum lily seeds require the presence of light to help initiate germination. As you would expect from their semi-aquatic life cycle the seeds will need to be watered well and kept moist almost to the point (but not quite) of being waterlogged. Place the container outdoors in an unheated greenhouse. Germination will take between four to 12 weeks.
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