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(How to Plant Lily Bulbs)

Cultural Guides
(How to Plant Lily Bulbs)


'All guides on How to Plant Lily Bulbs'
'All guides on How to Plant Lily Bulbs'

(START HERE) Never planted lily bulbs before? Need help with planting lilies in a new location? Although we enclose a color brochure for planting our bulbs in each order, it is helpful to have the instructions while you prepare your garden to receive your bulbs.

'Containerized Lily Bulbs'
'Containerized Lily Bulbs'

Do it right for long-lasting beauty on deck or patio, plus tips on storing containers over winter. Plus how to choose the best varieties for growing in pots; bigger is not always better!

'Emergency Summer Transplanting'
'Emergency Summer Transplanting'

New patio or city road/water/power line work endangering your lily garden in bloom? If you are very careful, by digging up the entire "clump" with a good root ball of soil, you should be able to move them without any damage.

'Fall Garden Cleanup'
'Fall Garden Cleanup'

When lily leaves have turned from green to at least yellow-green over most of the stem, you can safely cut them back to just above ground level. Do not pull stems out of bulbs as you risk doing serious damage to the bulb. Until stems are fully brown and crispy, there is enough moisture in stems to tear tissues within bulb centers, opening up the possibility of rot over winter. (Click on photo for more tips.)

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'Find your Hardiness Zone'
'Find your Hardiness Zone'

When researching your location, bear in mind that the map lines are not absolute and each garden has it's own unique micro-climate. Neighborhoods with more trees blocking the wind, hills that "drain" away moisture faster, concrete bulkheads, sidewalks and driveways that tend to collect heat, as well as southern exposures will allow you to grow plants that might not be recommended for your area. The general guidelines are based on average low temperature.

'Frost & Snow before Fall planting?'
'Frost & Snow before Fall planting?'

The first snowstorm of October or November may be a cause for concern if you are planting shrubs or perennials, but do not worry about lily bulbs from B&D Lilies. Being completely dormant and safely tucked underground, they will not be harmed by the sudden changes in weather. Click bulb trio photo to learn more.

'Seed Grown Lily Bulbs'
'Seed Grown Lily Bulbs'

Growing lilies from seed is a long term project. You make your breeding crosses during the first summer, then collect and prepare the resulting seed that winter, for sowing in March of the following year.

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Automatic sprinklers and Lilies

Batty bats at 1:15AM
Batty bats at 1:15AM

We were sound asleep when the “intruder” alarm suddenly went off this morning... Read the story and click on the link for FREE plans for "bat houses" in your garden.

Dividing Lily Bulbs

When to dig and divide lily bulbs

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Fresh Crop Lily Bulbs vs. Year-old Storage Bulbs
Fresh Crop Lily Bulbs vs. Year-old Storage Bulbs

"Fresh Crop" lilies are bulbs from the current harvest season. "Old Crop" Bulbs are bulbs left in freezers from the previous years harvest. After more than a year frozen solid, quality suffers and they not suitable for garden planting. Click on photo to read entire article.

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How important are roots on transplanted bulbs?

More Cultural Information

A few short papers on inter-planting Hemerocallis with your true Lily Bulbs (Lilium), plus making a stress-free raised bed.

Mulching Lily bulbs

Useful information to use anytime.

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Planting Lily Bulbs - Intermixing Types

Rocky, clay soil and high winds

Staking Lilies... yes or no?

Trumpet lilies in containers?

What pH should my soil be for Lily bulbs?


Wild Lilies
Timely Tips!
Wild Lily bulbs making up the genus Lilium belong to the family Liliaceae comprising of approximately 200 genera made up of approximately 2,000 lily species. There are in the neighborhood of 110 to 120 Lilium species depending on whose classification you reference. For the full article, click Knowledge Base