Growing Lilies from bulbs


Growing Lilies from bulbs

Growing Lilies from bulbs

Lilies have been gracing gardens in various parts of the world for over 3,000 years.

Outdoor Beds 
Lilies grow best and look best in outdoor beds.    Find a location where the soil drains well.   Top up the soil with the addition of organic material to raise the level 2 to 3 inches to improve the drainage.   Peat moss, compost, ground bark or decomposed manure all work well and are widely available.   Lilies prefer soils with average richness and moisture. They will not thrive in wet soils.

Plant your lilies where they will receive full day sun or bright filtered light in regions where the sun is especially strong. Plant the lilies 6 to 7 inches deep and about 6 inches apart.   Plant the bulbs with the flat side down and the garlic-like cloves facing up.    After planting, water generously to settle to soil around the bulbs.    Root and top growth will develop quickly and you will be likely to see sprouts in a few weeks.    Provide supplemental water, as needed in the spring and summer . More or less 1 inch per week is a good estimate.   The soil can be allowed to dry out in the late fall and winter when the lilies are dormant.    Keep in mind that occasional deep waterings are better than frequent lighter ones.

Flowers develop during the summer.   Feel free to cut for bouquets.    After blooming has finished for the season leave the foliage in place.   Do not cut it off.   The leaves will gather sunlight, create food through photosynthesis and strengthen the bulb for the future.   Water as needed .   Leaves and stalks may be removed when they yellow.
Your lilies will rest for a few months before beginning the next growing cycle in spring.

Plant lilies so they bloom in succession.   This provides the greatest number of flowers from the same garden footprint. Asiatics flower early in the summer,  while Trumpets and Orientals bloom later.

Lilies never slip into full dormancy like many other type of bulbs do, a s with tulips and daffodils, for example.   Lilies have the urge to grow when semi-dormant and often develop sprouts even when kept in ideal temperature and humidity conditions.   Handle with care at this stage so the sprouts don’t snap off.

Many lilies offer incredible fragrance and are excellent for cutting.   Orientals are the best for bouquets.

Enjoy having lilies in your flower bed.


Growing Lilies from bulbs






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