Growing Lilies From Bulbs: How To Care For Lily Flowers

By Susan Patterson, Master Gardener

Growing lilies from bulbs is a favorite pastime of many gardeners. The flower of the lily plant (Lilium spp.) Is a trumpet shape and comes in many colors that include pink, orange, yellow and white. The stems of the flower range from 2 to 6 feet. How to Grow Lilies

Before placing bulbs in the ground, it's important to use a garden tool.

to loosen the soil. Because lilies need good drainage, it helps to mix compost throughout the soil.

Dig a hole about 6 inches deep and place the bulb inside with the flat part down and the pointed end up. p> Space the bulbs about 8 inches apart. Fill each hole with the soil and press it gently down. Water the ground thoroughly.

How to Care for Lily Flowers

Lilies love the full sun. If they are planted in the shade, the stems will stretch and lean toward the sun. When the lilies are in active growth, be sure to water them frequently.

Be sure not to cut off more than a third of the stem. This can reduce the plant's heartiness and longevity. If you are growing lilies for indoor arrangements only, it might be best to plant them in a chosen cutting garden, where you can plant fresh bulbs each year.

When the lilies bulbs go dormant in the fall, this Common types of Lilies

Some of the most popular types of lilies include the following:

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