i LIVE IN THE HIGHLANDS OF Scotland it can be a very cold and frosty over the winter months I have been given the pods off the Himalayan lily, Can you pleas advise me on how to look after them over these months and when would it be safe to plant them out
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The seeds should be planted indoors as soon as possible, because they are though to lose viability quickly. The seeds need to go through a cycle of cool-warm-cool to induce germination. Sow 2mm deep in a mix of compost and peat, and water. Place the container in a cool, moist spot or inside a plastic bag in the refrigerator for 3-6 weeks. Then, move them to 13-18 degrees C for 3-6 weeks, then back to the fridge, then back to the warmth. If there's no germination, go through the cycle again. Then, keep them as an indoor potted plant until you can plant them outdoors after the risk of frost in spring.