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Planting Lilies

  • Plant your bulbs in spring or fall.
  • Loosen the soil to a depth of 12-15 inches (30-37 cm). Deep planting is important as it will help stabilize your lily and potentially eliminate the need for staking. Mix in a 2-4 in. layer of compost (5-10 cm). Dig a hole about 6 in. deep (15 cm) and set the lilies with the roots facing downwards. Cover the lilies with a layer of soil, press down firmly and water thoroughly. Space your lily bulbs at a distance of 8 - 18 in. (3 times the bulb's diameter).
  • Lilies perform best in full sun or part shade. They need 6-8 hours of sun per day and like having 'cold feet'. Therefore, it is advisable to shade the lower part of the plant, which will also protect the roots from drying out.
  • Most lilies enjoy rich, acidic to neutral soils, but some are lime-tolerant or prefer alkaline soils (e.g., Madonna lilies)
  • Well-drained soils are critical. Good moisture is required and dry soils should be avoided!

While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.

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