Martagon lily captures CO2 permanently
As you can read in an earlier article all lilies store a lot of CO2. One of the toppers in this area is the martagon lily. Martagon lilies are actually perennials that create an underground food reserves in the form of bulbs. These bulbs contain a high farina content which contains a large amount of bound CO2. Because the bulbs of martagon lilies normally continue to grow*, there is permanent CO2 storage in the bulbs. In addition, the martagon lily has the quality that it produces a lot of seeds after flowering, which germinates easily and forms new bulbs, so that more and more martagon lilies will grow in the garden or in park plantings, which in their turn will permanently store CO2.
Because the martagon varieties that we have bred are not F1 hybrids but are obtained through classical breeding in which only the most beautiful and strongest martagon lilies are selected from the obtained seedlings**, they have retained their natural resilience and can be used by every enthusiast in the world without special cultivation measures. Because they are not F1 hybrids, natural crossings in your garden or in a park plantation also result in a rich variety of colours and properties. Through natural selection, the strongest offspring will adapt to their new habitat over the years.
*In the Netherlands, the duck decoy on Texel has martagon lilies that were planted there more than 100 years ago that still bloom, seed and multiply every year.
**A seedling selected by us is first vegetatively propagated by meristem culture in order to obtain a large number of identical bulbs at once. These bulbs are then grown by. Some of these bulbs grown by us are then delivered to costumers and some are scaled into small pieces, creating new plant material with the same properties for further cultivation. In this way, hundreds of thousands of new bulbs are created from one bulb in a few years' time, which in turn all store CO2.
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