The most wonderful thing about lilies is that they are quite tolerant. You may have noticed lilies growing on the sides of roads, in alleys, and scattered from yard to yard for this very reason.
7 Tips for Growing Gorgeous Lilies
If you have a warm space for them, chances are they will survive. If you want your lilies to do more than survive and actually thrive, take a look at these 7 tips for growing gorgeous lilies!
Remember, you can plant lilies from roots, bulbs, or plants, it just depends on the type you are planting. They are all are easy and inexpensive ways to fill your garden bed up fast! They do come in different sizes and colors.
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1. Give them well-drained, sandy soil.
Lilies don’t like to have their roots soaked and soggy. Make sure you plant your lilies in an area that is well-draining and doesn’t retain standing water. Slightly sandy soil seems to work best, as does well-turned soil that allows the roots to spread as they wish.
2. Full sun is best.
Lilies will survive in part sun (about 6 full hours of sunlight per day) but if you really want them to shine, opt for a space that offers 8 full hours. They love the warmth, and you will experience fuller, faster, and more colorful blooms if you give them the heat they desire.
3. Deadhead them when needed.
Once a lily bloom is spent, go ahead and pinch it off. This way, the plant won’t waste resources trying to feed the bloom further. Once you have removed a spent bloom, you can always toss it in your compost pile.
4. Give extra water when needed.
Most lily plants will thrive on two inches of rainwater per week alone. If you get regular rainfalls there may be no further need to water your plants by hand. If you are in a drought or it has been more than a week since rain, go ahead and give the plants 2 inches of water. Feed them at the base of the plant so the water goes right where it is needed and doesn’t burn the foliage.
5. Don’t overcrowd.
Lilies tend to take off on their own and will soon multiply. While a full bunch of lily plants looks beautiful, you want to be sure their roots aren’t crowded. Thinning out your plantings is a great way to give them room while also recovering new plants for your yard!
6. Thin out your plants.
So how do you thin out lilies? Here is what you need to know: Simply dig up the plants with the bulb intact. Allow for a few inches in between each bulb. You can then take the bulb and move it to another suitable place in your yard. It is important to dig carefully and not knick or damage the bulb during removal.
7. Don’t allow other plants to smother them.
Lilies like to put on a show of their own and prefer to not be smothered. If you plant them in a flower bed or border, take care to space other types of plants away from them. While you can mix lily varieties, you won’t want them near plants that may overshadow them and drain from their resources, such as tall gladiolus.
Once your lilies are thriving, enjoy them! They can be used in flower beds and borders, they can even be cut and brought inside for flower arrangements. Choose lilies in an assortment of colors (yellow, cream, white, red, orange, even pink) to really offer your yard some variety.
Are you ready to bring your lilies to life? Consider these tips on how to grow gorgeous lilies and see how easy it can be to be a lily pro!