The Care Of Lily Plants – An impossible mission?
A house decorated with lilies is a happy home. Their exquisite and lovely scent, their vibrant colours and the many variations available, are some of the reasons that make these flowers one of the most elegant and appreciated in the world. No matter why you love them, I bet you have asked yourself if the care of Lily Plants is an impossible mission?! In this article, we will answer the most frequently asked questions about lilies.
Lilies are bulb plants, as are tulips, amaryllis and onions. They are formed by a single bulb, from which leaves and flowers grow out. If you have a large garden, it is worth cultivating them, because in addition to brightening your home, lilies can be used to create beautiful arrangements to decorate your house or to be given as a gift.
Where should I plant the bulbs? Look for a spot that receives sunlight for at least half the day. If lilies are left too long in the shade, they will try to reach the sun and bend. If you are planting them in a pot, make some small holes for drainage.
Lilies need the sun, but bulbs need to stay away from direct light during the summer. Dig a hole about 10cm to 15cm deep. The deeper, the better: not only are the bulbs protected from hot summers, but this also keeps the stems steady.
How often do lily plants flower? Most lily plants such as Longieflorum, Asiatic, and Oriental live for many years, blooming once a year.
Timing is everything, so have this in mind when planting your bulbs. Plant in late autumn for spring flowers or plant in early spring for later flowers. Choosing a healthy lily bulb is key to successful planting. When choosing, gently squeeze the bulb with your index finger and thumb and select the firmer bulbs.
What to do with lily plants after flowering? Allow the flowers to die back after flowering. This will increase the bulb size for bigger and better flowers the following summer.
When to transplant lily plants? Lilies may be transplanted some weeks after flowering. Transplant them into well-drained soil in a bright sunny location in the garden.
How to prepare lily plants for winter? Lily bulbs may be lifted and stored over winter, or if leaving them in the ground, make sure to protect them against frost. This can be done simply by covering them with mulch or even some conifer branches
How to trim lily plants? Lilies may be trimmed after flowering but it’s better to let them die back, providing the bulb with next year’s nutrients.
Are lilies indoor or outdoor plants? If you think about it, there is no such thing as an indoor plant. However Lilies may be grown indoors in a large pot. Remember: they will need plenty of sunlight and should be potted in a sandy compost.
Are lily plants toxic to cats & dogs? Some lilies are considered to be poisonous to cats and dogs if digested. Although it’s extremely unlikely a cat or dog would eat lilies, for safety sake, keep them out of reach.