Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Planting Lilies

In general, lilies require rich, evenly moist soil that is well drained to thrive. Soil pH tolerance varies. While the plants need plenty of soil moisture during the growing season, they will rot of the soil remains too wet.

It’s important to plant lily bulbs as soon as possible after they arrive. New bulb can be planted in fall and although depth is dependent on species or type, a good rule of thumb is to plant the bulb with the tops at a depth of two to three times the height of the bulb. That typically translates to a depth of 6 to 9 inches. Plant the bulbs with the flat side down and the garlic-like cloves facing up.

Space all lilies to 12 inches to 18 inches apart and plant groups of 3 or 5 for the best show. Lilies multiply slowly. After 3-5 years of a clump becomes crowded, the bulbs can be dug, divided and replanted.

Taller lilies require staking, insert stakes in spring when the new growth is about 1 foot tall and loosely tie the stems to the stakes with soft yarn or strips of nylon stocking.
Planting Lilies

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