Planting Instructions by Flower Name
- Hardy Zones: 4-9
- Spacing: 10-12"
- Height: 25-30"
- Ships As: package of 3 bulbs
Lilies belong to the Lilium family, and are native to temperate areas of Eurasia and North America. There are about 100 species, and countless hybrids have been developed over the years. These hybrids are known for their large showy blooms and many, such as Oriental lilies, have an intense, sweet fragrance. Stargazer lilies are in the Oriental group and will produce fragrant, deep-pink flowers with delicate white trim on each petal.
Unlike most other bulbs, lily bulbs do not have a protective tunic, and are thus prone to bruising and drying out. Handle very gently and plant as soon as possible. If you must delay planting, store bulbs in the refrigerator for up to a few days.
Plant according to label instructions. If in doubt, the rule of thumb for lilies is to plant so the top of the bulb is at a depth two to three times the height of the bulb. Deep planting allows the bulbs to better withstand heat and cold, and also makes for a sturdier stem. Plant in groups, rather than individually, for a better display. Choose a sunny sight that has well-draining soil. Water well after planting and apply a thick layer of mulch to protect the bulbs from winter heaving.
Fertilize in the spring with a well-balanced fertilizer when signs of growth appear. Keep the plants well watered during the growth period. It’s best to water at ground level to minimize fungal diseases and flower discoloration. Maintain a layer of mulch to keep the soil cool and maintain moisture, but keep the mulch away from the stems to prevent rot. Lilies prefer “their head in the sun and their feet in the shade.”
Deadhead the spent flowers after blooming to direct more energy back to the bulbs. As with other spring- and summer-blooming bulbs, let the foliage die back on its own, allowing the plants to create energy for next year’s blooms. Plant among other perennials to hide the withering foliage.