Lily Bulbs Information

Lilies

One of the few frost-hardy spring planted bulbs, it's easy to see why these beauties are so loved. All four groups of lilies (Asiatic, Oriental, Tiger, and Orienpet) make wonderful cut flowers and look truly lovely in the garden bed. The Orientals and Orienpet (a cross between the Trumpet Lilies and Oriental Lilies) Lilies are known for their amazing fragrance while the others are known for their bright, vibrant colors.

Best when planted in mass and among other lower-growing plants, the lilies often have little in the way of foliage at the base. Their flowers are borne on somewhat tall and extremely sturdy stems in mid-summer.

Plant Information

  • Planting Time: Spring
  • Bloom Time: Mid Summer
  • Hardiness Zone: 3-9
  • Suitable Zone: 3-10
  • Light Needs: Partial - Full Sun

Planting Lilies

  1. Lily bulbs are typically planted during the spring season after the threat of frost has passed.
  2. Choose a planting location that has well-drained soil and receives as full to partial shade. Lilies do not do well in strong direct sunlight and heat.
  3. Space the bulbs approximately 8-12" apart, depending upon how full you would like the garden to look.
  4. Plant the bulbs pointed-side up approximately 4-6" below the soil surface. If deer and rodents tend to be a problem in your yard, consider burying a layer of chicken wire fencing about the bulbs or dipping them in Bobbex repellent prior to planting.
  5. Thoroughly soak the area with water once the bulbs have been planted. Continue to water throughout the growing season, being careful not to provide too much moisture. Fertilize plants once per month if desired with a well-balanced water soluble fertilizer while actively growing.
  6. Remove finished blooms to maintain a clean appearance and encourage reblooming.
  7. Allow plants to continue growing after blooms have faded as this enables them to produce food for next year's growth. Once the foliage is slightly damaged by frost or has dried and browned (whichever comes first), remove the leaves and flower stalk with a gentle tug or cut down to the base of the plant.
  8. If planted in the ground, allow bulb to rest and lay dormant for winter.
  9. If planted in a container, provide protection from the harsh winter by wrapping in burlap or moving indoors to a cool but not freezing garage or shed.