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Parks Candy Lily Seeds

Park's Candy Lily Seeds

Iris-Like Blooms in a Rainbow of Colors!

(P) Pkt of 20 seeds
Item # 01540-PK-P1
Instock - allow 3-5 business days for processing prior to shipment.

The result of 40 years' work by three generations of plant breeders, Park's Candy Lily is a completely unique perennial, as brightly colored as a rainbow and as variously colored and marked as a bag of marbles! When you're looking for something different and easy to grow, consider this hard-to-find, one-of-a-kind beauty!

The Iris-like plants are 3 feet tall and flower freely from midsummer 'til fall, producing masses of bright 2-inch blooms in every color and pattern. Superbly hardy, they laugh at heat and drought, and will bloom the first year in areas with long growing seasons! Nothing could be more beautiful than a tall stand of these blooms in every shade of yellow, blue, red, purple, pink, white, and orange--many with tiger stripes, polka dots, splashes of a second color, or other distinctive accents!

Derived by crossing Pardanthopsis dichotoma (which used to be classified as Iris dichotoma) and Belamcanda chinensis (better known as Blackberry Lily), the resulting hybrids were selected and reselected countless times to produce just the right combination of color, form, and garden performance. The selection was performed by our own Dr. Jim Alston here in South Carolina, so you know the resultant plants perform well in hot, humid conditions! But they're also hardy all the way to Ohio, and are not fussy at all about soil. They'll even bloom the first year in climates with a long growing season!

You'll love these distinctive, ultra-colorful perennials. Try something new this season! Zones 5-10. Pkt is 20 seeds.

Review Summary
(Based on 3 Reviews)

Overall Rating: 4.5 / 5.0


Cold-Hardy Plant with Unique, Beautiful Flowers
C in Brooklyn from NY wrote on August 21, 2019

The seeds took a while to germinate, but one of them grew steadily and started to bloom within a year from germination. The flowers look very exotic (to me) and beautiful. They are like the daylilies in that they only last a day. However, there are so many flower buds on the plant which actually multiplied into several plants; there are 1 to 5 blooming flowers daily. Very happy with this. Highly recommended.

Very nice flowers
Debra from AL wrote on March 29, 2014

Well, I was just looking around and saw the Candy Lily. I purchased them from you years ago, and I loved them. I saw the customer review and wanted to give an excellent customer review - the only reason I no longer have them is my daughter through them out when we were redoing my very small garden - I wanted to give an excellent review - they bloomed the first year and continued for years to come. Very nice flowers.

Patience is a virtue
liveplantsstl from MO wrote on January 09, 2013

I bought these seeds in very early 2011. Germination rates were very poor. From multiple packets of seeds, I ended up with maybe half a dozen plants. They were kept potted for the summer, then dug up and dried out in late autumn, and placed in sphagnum moss for storage in an outdoor storage area over the winter. All plants were still alive come spring. In July of 2012, one or two of the plants bloomed. Resulting flowers were ONLY orange with red freckles. Half a dozen seeds collected from only one pod. Waiting to see if 2013 brings any other color variations than what appears to be your basic Blackberry Lily. If you start these plants from seed, consider throwing away less money by using a heat mat and seed starter dome indoors. Use a basic potting "mix" (not potting "soil") that has been sterilized in the oven first. These seeds are tricky. Will NOT flower the first year no matter how soon you can germinate the seeds.

Pardancanda Germination Information

Pardancanda is the botanical name for Candy Lily
Pardancanda Seed Germination How to Sow Pardancanda:
  • Best sown indoors at alternating temperatures of 68 and 86° or 55 and 72°
  • Expect germination in 30-40 days
  • Seeds can also be sown outdoors in the spring after all danger of frost is past, but while the nights are still cool
  • In northern areas, grow as an annual
  • If sowing seed outdoors, we recommend a maximum planting depth of 4X the width of the seed

How to Grow Pardancanda:
Transplanting: Transplant when there are at least two sets of true leaves

Spacing: Space seedlings 1 foot apart, making sure that the rhizomes are covered by at least 1 inch of soil

Temperature Very tolerant of heat and humidity

Soil: Use normal, loamy, moist, well-drained soil. Keep the soil evenly moist and the plants moderately fertilized (neither heavy feeders, nor tolerant of poor soils)

Additional Care: Mulch to provide winter protection in Zones 5 and 6

Appearance and Use:

A good flower for cutting fresh and bringing indoors, it also serves as an interesting accent in the border. Plants are clump forming and upright from 2-4 feet tall. The tall, linear foliage grows directly from the rhizomatous roots. The 3-4 inch, 6-petaled flowers appear from mid-summer through mid-fall and come in mixed colors

About Pardancanda:
Pronunciation:  par-dan-can’då nor-is’e-i
Lifecycle:  Perennial
Origination: Iridaceae; an intergeneric hybrid of no direct nativity
Common Name: Candy Lily

Superior Germination Through Superior Science

Park's Superior Seeds Park Seed's humidity- and temperature-controlled seed storage vault Park Seed offers some of the highest-quality vegetable and flower seeds available in the industry, and there are a number of reasons for this.

First of all, we have humidity- and temperature-controlled storage, and we never treat any of our seeds with chemicals or pesticides. Nor do we ever sell GMO's (genetically modified seeds), so you always know the products you're buying from us are natural as well as safe for you and the environment.

Superior Standards - University Inspected

Testing seeds against minimum germination standards To make sure we are providing the best seed product possible and that our customers will get the highest number of seedlings from every packet, we conduct our own germination testing and have quality-control measures in every stage of our seed-handling operation. We hold ourselves to standards that are at or above federal and state standards, including testing specific crops more frequently than recommended by federal guidelines. And in order to maintain our organic certification, we welcome Clemson University to inspect us annually to make sure our organic seeds, which are stored and processed separately, are being handled properly.

Hand Packed By Experienced Technicians

Park Seed has been handling and packing vegetable and flower seeds for 145 years, a history that has given us a great understanding of how each variety should be cared for and maintained throughout every step of theprocess, from collection to shipping.

When packing our seeds, the majority are actually done by hand (with extreme care!), and we often over-pack them, so you're receiving more than the stated quantity.

The Park Seed Gold Standard

Park Seed's exclusive Fresh-Pak gold foil seed packets And many of our seeds are packed in our exclusive Fresh-Pak gold foil packets, which are lined to keep moisture out, so the seeds stay fresher for longer. We carefully pack very tiny or fragile seeds in crush-proof vials to ensure safe delivery to your home. Some of the small seeds are also offered as "pellets" (have a clay coating) to make sowing and growing easier.

When it comes to the kinds of seeds we offer, we are constantly seeking something new and provide many unique and hard-to-find varieties from all around the world. Our on-staff horticulturists are ready and available to share their expertise to help you with the success of these seeds, so you can grow a beautiful and productive garden!
Does Park sell GMO's or treated seeds?
GMO freeIt is important for our customers to know that Park Seed does not sell GMO or treated seed.

What are the differences between organic, heirloom, and hybrid seed?
Basically, organic seeds are seeds that are produced without the use and exposure to artificial/chemical fertilizers, insecticides, fungicides, herbicides, and other chemicals. They have to be grown, harvested, stored, and handled under very strict organic rules and procedures. All of our organic seeds are USDA 100% certified organic through Clemson University and the certificate has to be renewed yearly.

Heirloom Seeds are open-pollinated -- they are not hybrids. You can gather and save heirloom seed from year to year and they will grow true to type every year, so they can be passed down through generations. To be considered an heirloom, a variety would have to be at least from the 1940's and 3 generations old (many varieties are much older -- some 100 years or more!).

Hybrid seed are the product of cross-pollination between 2 different parent plants, resulting in a new plant/seed that is different from the parents. Unlike Heirloom seed, hybrid seed need to be re-purchased new every year (and not saved). They usually will not grow true to type if you save them, but will revert to one of the parents they were crossed with and most likely look/taste different in some way.

What are pelleted seeds? Why do you use them? How do I handle/sow them?
Pelleted pentas seedsExtremely small seed such as Petunias and Pentas are shipped as pelleted seed to make them easier to handle and sow. Pelleted seed are coated, usually with clay, to make them larger in size. After sowing, the coating will dissolve when wet and the seed will germinate. Pelleted seeds are shipped in vials placed inside seed packets, which protects them from being crushed. When sowing, be certain to use thoroughly moistened soil, to be sure that the clay coating absorbs enough moisture to dissolve. For sowing pelleted Petunia seeds, place the seeds directly on the soil surface and do not cover with soil, as light aids in the germination.

What is ideal temperature to germinate most seeds?
The ideal temperature to germinate most seeds is approximately 70 degrees F; give or take 1-2 degrees either way. This would be a good germination temperature for most flower and vegetable seeds and would be the most practical and feasible temperatures achieved for gardeners starting seeds in the home. You will notice for some seeds that it is recommended to use alternating day (warmer), night (cooler), temperatures, which is fine if one can provide such conditions. But most people are unable to provide those temperatures in a home setting, so just use the overall 70 degree F recommendation and the seeds should germinate well.

How long should grow lights be kept on per day and how close to the plants should the light be kept?
For germination and seedling/plant growth, you want to simulate the natural day-night cycles, and as a general rule, grow lights should be on 8-12 hours per day and off at night. You can vary this timing, as some seeds such as tomato, pepper, petunia, impatiens, and others, benefit from 14-17 hours of light per day (and the remainder of the 24 hour period in darkness). The most common grow lights used are fluorescent; using cool white, warm white, and wide-spectrum fluorescent tubes. These lights work well for germination and for growing plants up to a transplantable size. Fluorescent lights should be kept close though, 3-6 inches above the soil or the growing plants, adjusting the height as the plants grow.

How long will seeds keep in storage?
Park Seed stores seed in a special temperature- and humidity-controlled storage facility, which keeps seeds in excellent condition. Our seeds should be good for at least 1-2 years on average. Seed viability and storage time will vary depending on the seed item; some will keep a shorter time and some will keep longer. Seeds should be stored in a cool, dark, dry place. A basement will do (if not too humid), or a cool, dark room or closet. We recommend the best way to extend seed storage life is to store them in something air tight, such as a plastic zipper storage bag or canning jar, and place it in the refrigerator. This will extend the life of seeds for many years.

What is the best way to store seeds over a longer time period?
We recommend the best way to extend seed storage life is to store seeds in something air tight, such as a plastic zipper storage bag or canning jar, and place it in the refrigerator. This will extend the life of seeds for many years.

What depth should I sow various seeds?
When sowing seed outdoors, we recommend a maximum planting depth of 4X the width of the seed. When sowing seed indoors, the planting depth can be less, depending on the seed being sown, so it is always best to check specific directions. Here are some general guidelines concerning planting depth in relation to seed size: Tiny, dust-like seeds need to be sown on the surface of the growing medium or soil, uncovered, as they need light to germinate. The planting depth for small seed can be anywhere from barely covering, to 1/8-inch deep, to possibly 1/4-inch deep, depending on the recommendation. Medium seed should be planted at 1/4- to 1/2-inch deep, depending on the recommendation. Larger seeds can be planted 1-inch or deeper, depending on the recommendation.