Add Color and Fragrance with Lilies

Add Color and Fragrance with Lilies

They ate all the chocolate eggs and rabbits they could handle, and the only thing they had left was the Easter lily, which they received as a gift. You start to wonder, “What should I do now?”After flowering, Easter lilies (Lilium longiflorum) can be planted directly in your garden in the open sun or in partial shade, and they will bloom again at the end of summer next year.

If these lilies inspire you, there are a number of other types of lilies that you would like to try, and although the best time to plant lilies is autumn, they can also be planted in spring. Easily grown Asian and Oriental lilies are two options that should be hardy up to zone 8. Asian lilies bloom in spring and early summer, and fragrant oriental ones in summer.

The most important factor in the success of lilies is good drainage. Lilies prefer a pH of 6.5-7.0 and soil rich in organic matter. Apply a balanced fertilizer (10-10-10) in spring, as the stems show, and avoid excessive fertilization, as this leads to fragile growth and susceptibility to health issues transmitted from one plant to another, transmitted through aphids.

If you plant your lilies in a pot, make sure that the bottom of the pot is at the same depth as the soil in your garden. Carefully pull the fragile roots out if they seem attached to the pot, carefully pour and apply a 2-3 inch layer of mulch. Do not allow direct contact of the mulch with the stems. Another option is to plant lilies among low-growing plants or shrubs. Lilies prefer to have their legs in the shade and their heads in the sun.

Planting bulbs is also simple. Choose hard bulbs in packages from a garden center or a company you trust. Avoid buying onions in large quantities in the trash, as water lily bulbs do not have a protective peel and dry out easily in this environment, causing bruises. Usually plant lilies to a depth 3-4 times their height, as this allows the formation of root roots in addition to bulbous ones that nourish the plant during the growing season. After flowering, cut off no more than 1/3 of the stem. The remaining leaves will nourish the bulb for the next year. After the stem is completely dead, remove it and discard it. It is better not to put it in the compost bin.

Additional watering may be required if there is insufficient rainfall during the growing season. Do not forget to apply water directly to the root zone, and not to water the head. Lilies should not be soaked or dried. Fading lilies such as Oriental and Easter lilies, and early blooming Asian lilies have different watering requirements depending on the flowering period – check the packaging for specific watering instructions.

Your lily bulbs will naturally increase in size and grow on stems. If after a few years the cluster becomes crowded or flowering slows down significantly, it’s time to collect, break and split the bulbs. This is not difficult to do, and it should be done in early autumn. It is enough to dig deep around the bush, as the bulbs can be in the soil up to 10 inches deep. Lift the whole mass. Carefully remove the soil, and it will be enough to separate the smaller bulbs and transplant them into a well-prepared place.

Now you know a great way to add color and fragrance to your garden and share these beauties with your friends and family. I’ll take this for a chocolate rabbit every day!


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