How to plan, plant and grow lily bulbs successfully.
(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.
Worried about frost or snow before 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.
These are just some of our favorites, which can be readily found at many local plant nurseries.
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.
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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.
Most lilies when grown in full sun, usually do not require support.
Useful information to use anytime.
Cut back stems when leaves have turned from green to at least yellow-green to just above ground level.
When to dig and divide lily bulbs
You can mix all lilies together for succession of blooming.
Sandy loam soil, rich in humus, with a pH of about 5.5 to 6.5 is the textbook ideal.
"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.
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.
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.
Are previously solid pink or rose colored lily flowers beginning to show random streaking of white on the petals?