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dragon’s layer seeds

Named after dragons for their dark color, grow these plants to create your own dragon-themed greenhouse. They even “bleed” red when cut. Includes seeds, growing medium, dragon figure, lava rock and blook rock, container and instructions. Container measures 9″ x 4.5″ x 6″.

Named after dragons for their dark color, grow these plants to create your own dragon-themed greenhouse. They even “bleed” red when cut. Includes seeds, growing medium, dragon figure, lava rock and blook rock, container and instructions. Container measures 9″ x 4.5″ x 6″.

Dragon's layer seeds

The dragon lily can be grown in hardiness zones 7 to 10 but can be grown further north by digging the tuber, overwintering it indoors., and planting outside in the spring. However, even in hardy zones, these plants still need protection in the winter. Apply a thick layer of mulch to provide insulation during colder months. Because the dragon lily likes damp soil and can be naturally found near water sources, it does well with humidity.

Rich, moist, well-draining soil is perfect for the dragon lily plant. Because they are naturally found by rivers and ponds, they do well in moist soil. However, it is quite tolerant of a variety of soil conditions and adapts well.

Besides consistent watering, the dragon lily does not demand much maintenance. When they receive plenty of sunshine and water, these stunning plants will bloom abundantly. The dragon lily is not usually affected by common pests or diseases.

Fertilizer

To give your dragon lily the nutrients it needs to produce its unique blooms, you should provide it with rich, organic matter or compost. Mixing a healthy layer into the soil during spring will give your plant the boost it needs. Well-balanced fertilizer will also do nicely.

These large plants can grow up to 6 feet tall and boast elongated, broad leaves. But it is the flower, or pseudo-flower, that is the star of the show. Similar to a peace lily in shape, the dragon lily produces a large, conical bract or spathe in a deep maroon or black-purple coloring that grows up to 2 feet long. Inside the spathe is a long, black appendage called the spadix that contains the actual inconspicuous, unisexual flowers.

The dragon lily can cause skin irritation when touched, so be sure to wear gloves when handling it. It is also toxic to animals if ingested. However, animals do not typically approach this plant due to its noxious smell.

Temperature and Humidity

Though most flowers smell pleasant when blooming, the dragon lily isn’t a flower you will want to sniff. In fact, it is sometimes referred to as a "stink lily." This plant releases a smell like that of rotting meat to attract flies for pollination, which (fortunately) dissipates after a few days. Though a fascinating flower to look at, it is best to keep this one away from windows, doors, or pathways to keep the scent from wafting your way.

Despite its exotic appearance, the dragon lily is quite easy to care for. These plants are naturally found by rivers, ponds, and forest edges and grow from tubers under the surface. Plant the tuber about 3 inches deep into well-draining soil, making sure to place the pointed end up. It is best to do this in the early fall to give the plant enough time to establish before the cold winter months arrive.