Thursday, April 21, 2011

Lily Growing Tips

Lilies come in a variety of colors and sizes.  There are border lilies that are mid-sized that may be grown along a walkway or encircling a tree.  

Then there are the smaller lilies; Stella de’Oro or happy returns that look good grown in the front of the garden. In the back or in the center grow  Asiatic, Orientals, and tiger lilies in the back of the garden.  These lilies will add interest and height to your flower garden.

If you want to add an exotic appeal to your yard and garden then grow tiger lilies.  The lily is a summer blooming flower that will produce flowers in July and August.   The photo card bellow is of my garden. 

Growing Lilies
Lilies are easy to grow. Plant the lily bulbs in the fall.  Nursery grown lilies are planted in spring after the danger of frost has passed.  

Grow lilies in full sun to part sun in well-drained acidic soil. If you have extremely hot summers then lilies will welcome partial shade.  My summers are hot with temperatures soaring into the 100’s.   

My lilies have four hours of morning sun, four hours of partial shade in the afternoon and four hours of late afternoon sun.  I shelter them from the peak heat and they are healthy. 

Planting Lilies
Clear your garden site by removing grass, weeds, and rocks.  Loosen the soil to sixteen inches deep.  Dig a hole that is six inches deep.  Add some bone meal and then set the fat flat end of the lily in the center of the hole the slightly pointy side should face up. 

Backfill the hole with the remaining soil and water the lilies well.  For multiple planting of lilies space your lilies 12 to 18  inches apart.

When lilies are above the ground apply mulch around them to help to maintain moisture and to discourage weed growth.
In autumn cut your lilies back.
Then add three inches of mulch on top of the lilies this will protect them throughout winter.

 Here are some tips on growing Asiatic lilies in a container: 



      Priscilla said...

      Thanks...I just got a lily for Mother's Day. Now I know where it will thrive from reading this.

      Sgolis said...

      Happy Mother's Day Priscilla...I know your lily will bring you many years of enjoyment.