How to Grow a Torch Lily From a Seed


The torch lily (Kniphofia spp.) creates vibrantly colored blossoms that add excitement to any backyard landscape. The plant can be grown in USDA Plant Hardiness zones 5 through 8 and reaches a mature height of up to 48 inches. Though started seedlings can sometimes be purchased in specialty nurseries, growing the torch lily plant from seed is often more budget-friendly.

Step 1

Stratify the torch lily seeds, which will emulate the winter season to bring the seeds out of dormancy. Fill a sealable plastic bag with moist peat moss and place the lily seeds inside. Seal the bag and keep it in your refrigerator. The University of Vermont recommends a stratification period of approximately 40 days.

Step 2

Prepare a pot while you're waiting for the seeds to stratify. Fill a gallon-sized pot with commercially prepared potting soil. Alternatively, mix your own potting mix by combining equal parts of sterile soil, peat moss and coarse sand or perlite.

Step 3

Plant the torch lily seeds, three per pot, once they complete the stratification process. Bury each seed a quarter to half an inch below the soil surface, and space each seed apart by a couple inches.

Step 4

Water the pot twice daily or as necessary to keep the soil surface moist. The seeds will germinate within 90 days, according to the University of Vermont. Once the seedlings are a couple of inches in height, pull all of them out except for the tallest and strongest specimen.

Step 5

Place the pot in a sunny location that receives a minimum of six hours of sunlight per day.

Things You'll Need

  • Sealable bag
  • Peat moss
  • Torch lily seeds
  • Refrigerator
  • Pot
  • Potting mix
  • Water


  • "Tropical Flowering Plants: A Guide to Identification and Cultivation"; Kirsten Llamas; 2003
  • University of Vermont: Kniphofia
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