Below you will find useful planting and care instructions and some helpful “Oriental Lily Care Tips” that I have learned over the years that will help your lilies thrive for years of enjoyment.
Time: The best time to plant oriental lily bulbs is either early spring or mid- to late fall. They prefer cool soil to root properly, if you are planting them in warm soil will lead to weak plants and smaller flowers.
Location: Very important to choosing a right position for your Oriental lilies where they will receive morning sun and afternoon shade.
Planting: As I mention above, plant the bulbs in the spring or mid- to late fall, 8 inches deep and 6 to 12 inches apart, in soil that is half organic matter, such as compost. Make part of that organic matter peat, if the soil is alkaline, as Oriental lilies prefer a pH lower than 6.5.
Watering: These flowers do not require a lot of daily watering. When you are watering them, make sure to water deeply enough to reach the bulb and avoid excessive over the top watering of the leaves, blooms, and flowers. This may cause your bulb to rot, promote many leaf and bloom problems, and the flowers will not last as long in the landscape or garden.
Fertilizing: Like most garden plants, Asiatic lilies require adequate amounts of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium to perform well. If you want to fertilize them, put on a little well-balanced fertilizer at emergence time and about a month later. Slow-release fertilizers are also good. These will encourage rapid development of healthy roots, lush green foliage and maximum bloom.
Pets Control: These lilies are prone to attack by several animal, insects, mites, nematodes, and other pests of all different sizes…from deer, elk, rodents to microscopic mites. Control small pets by washing the pests off your lily with a gentle stream of water from your garden hose. Insecticides available on the market change continually, but all must be used with the utmost care and caution.