Planting Instructions by Flower Name
- Hardy Zones: 4-9
- Spacing: 10-12"
- Height: 36-48"
- Blooms: Mid- to late summer
- Planting Depth: 6-8"
Oriental Lilies Mixture
Lilium Oriental hybrid
Lilies are in the Liliaceae family and are native to temperate Eurasia and North America. There are over a hundred species and countless hybrids that have been developed over the years. Oriental lilies are fairly hardy, easy to grow and have an intense, sweet fragrance. Our mixture is a blend of white, pink and bicolor blooms.
Lily bulbs do not have a protective tunic, or “coat,” so these fragile bulbs should be planted as soon as they arrive. If unable to plant right away, store the bulbs in the refrigerator (away from fruit) or in a cool, dark place, at about 40°F. Do not allow the packing medium to dry out. Plant in a sunny area in rich, well-draining soil, 6-8” deep and 10-12” apart. Arrange in groupings of at least three bulbs for maximum effect.
Feed in early spring with a balanced fertilizer when new growth appears. Mulch around the plants to retain moisture, keep the roots cool and prevent weeds. Keep the mulch away from stems, as this can cause rot. When needed, water lilies early in the morning at ground level to prevent fungal diseases. Oriental lilies grow quite tall and often need staking. Put stakes in the ground in the spring when there is about 12” of growth. As the plant grows, gently tie the stem to the stake with something soft, such as strips of nylon. Remove spent flowers to conserve the bulb’s energy and encourage more blooms the following year. Lilies multiply annually. To prevent crowding, dig and divide bulbs in the spring or early autumn every few years or when flowering decreases.
With a protective layer of mulch, Oriental lilies are hardy to USDA zone 4.