📅 When to plant your Lily bulbs:
The ideal time to plant your Lily bulbs is in early spring ( fall is also a great option, but then you should store them way too long which isn’t good for the bulbs). Planting them this spring, allows them to establish roots before the warmer weather arrives, providing a strong foundation for beautiful blooms during the summer months.
As soon as you receive your Lily bulbs, and the ground is workable, you may plant them.
Although your lilies will blooms this summer, be aware that they may not have enough time to establish roots before the summer heat and they won’t grow to their full potential. It's important to avoid planting lily bulbs during periods of extreme heat or drought, as this can stress the plants and reduce their chances of survival.
📦 Storing your Lily bulbs before planting:
If you aren't ready to plant your bulbs immediately upon arrival, store them in a cool, dry, and dark place. This will prevent them from drying out and keep them healthy until you're ready to plant. Place it in a paper bag or wrap it in newspaper.
🌿 Preparing your garden for planting:
To prepare your garden for planting, follow these simple steps:
- Choose a well-draining, sunny location with at least 6 hours of sunlight per day.
- We recommend planting the Lily bulbs in a spot where they’re sheltered from strong winds.
- Loosen the soil to a depth of 12-15 inches (30-38 cm) and mix in some organic matter such as compost or well-rotted manure to enrich the soil.
- If your soil is heavy clay, consider adding some sand or grit to improve drainage.
🌱 Planting your Lily bulbs:
- Dig a hole about 3 times the height of the bulb (approximately 6-8 inches / 15-20 cm deep).
- Place the bulb in the hole with the pointed end facing up and the flat, root end facing down.
- Cover the bulb with soil, gently firming it in place.
💧 Watering & care:
After planting, make sure to water the tubers thoroughly. During the blooming season, you should water them 1-2 times a week, depending on the amount of sun and type of soil. Not sure when and how much to water them? A good thumb rule is to water the plant deeply when the top 2 inches of soil are dry (just feel this with your finger).
🌸 How to keep your Lilies blooming?
- Apply a slow-release, balanced fertilizer in the spring to encourage strong growth.
- Remove spent flowers after they've bloomed to promote more flowering and prevent the plant from using energy on seed production.
- Stake your Lilies to support the stem.
- If you live in an area with harsh winters, consider applying a layer of mulch to protect the bulbs during the cold months.