Oriental Lily Care

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.

How to grow oriental lily bulbs (Videos)

Flower Garden Tips : How to Grow Lilies From Bulbs / See her tips on growing and caring for Oriental Lilies in your own garden.
Lilies are really easy to grow and you can even leave them outside during the winter. Find out how to grow lilies from bulbs from a third-generation flower grower in this free video on flower growing.

How to Plant Oriental Lily Bulbs

Plant and Grow Oriental Lilies bulbs : Oriental lily will bring beauty, bloom color and fragrance to your garden for many years; they only require you to plant them in the right place and provide for their simple needs. They grow from bulbs which should be planted in the spring or fall. The bulbs do not go dormant and should not be stored. Select and prepare the planting site before purchasing the bulbs so they can be planted right away. Choose a well-drained location with at least half a day of sunshine. If it’s too shady, the stems will stretch and lean towards the sun; trumpet lilies are the most shade sensitive. They love full sun, as long as the bulbs are deep enough to keep cool when temperatures soar. When planted properly, they will provide bright colorful blooms for weeks every summer with minimal care. Oriental lilies are available in wide variety of sizes and colors. These plants will grow from 18 inches to 6 feet tall.

Oriental lilies are grown from bulbs that are usually planted in the spring or fall months. Early spring is best. The plant that has been grown from a bulb can also be purchased during the summer months and then planted. Planting bulbs is more economical though. The bulbs have scales on them which need to be handled carefully while planting. When you receive your lily bulbs, they are ready to plant and ready to grow. In mild climates, they can be planted anytime the ground is not frozen solid and is dry enough to dig a hole without making clods.

A. Bulb arrival: unpack box and check condition of all plants. Lilies packaged in bags should be free from excessive moisture, so if a lot of condensation has formed on the inside of the bag, open and let it air out. Plant everything as soon as possible.

B. Soil and Location: Find a planting site for the lily bulbs that provides full sun to partial shade. Ideally the site should provide full morning sun and dappled afternoon shade. The soil should not hold too much moisture after it rains or after watering, especially at the bulb depth. Add compost or peat humus to enrich the soil and help with drainage.
Tips: Plant one lily bulb in each hole, point side facing up. Scoop soil over the bulbs slowly until the bulbs are completely covered with soil.

C. Moisture: Lily bulbs don’t require much moisture, even after they are actively growing, and they are especially not tolerant of wet conditions. Water the planting bed with a slow, steady spray of water until the entire area has been thoroughly watered.

D. Spacing: Place 12” to 16” tall planting stakes around the entire planting bed so you’ll know where to water and avoid walking. Plant your bulbs about 4” to 8″ apart when planting in groups.

E. Depth: Plant with the scales pointing up, roots down, about 6 to 8″ below the soil. Dig 6 to 8” deep holes in the planting bed for larger lily bulbs. For smaller bulbs, make each hole about 4 inches deep. Make sure the holes are 12 to 15 inches apart.

Fertilize lilies every spring using a 5–10–10 slow-release fertilizer if needed. When you are choosing oriental lily bulbs, make sure you choose a cultivar that is best suited to your growing region. You need to remove old, dead flowers by snapping them off gently at the top of their stems.

Care of Oriental Lily bulbs

Oriental Lily provides an easy to grow, colorful addition to your garden and landscape. The hardy bulbs require only minimal care. Each has the capacity to grow, eventually, into an large cluster of flowering stems. Below you will find useful planting and care instructions and some helpful hints that I have learned over the years that will help your lilies thrive for years of enjoyment.

1. Keep the bulbs for one to two weeks in a dry, warm location but out of the sun. A spare room away from animals and children is best. When the stems can easily be pulled off of the bulbs, they are dry enough for winter storage.
2. Don not separate oriental lily babies from the mama’s until they’re big as the mama’s and leave them together ’cause they will multiply and you will get lots and lots of flowers.
3. You should cover the bottom of a flowerpot with small rocks. Fill the flowerpot with soil. Oriental lilies love well drain soil, the rocks help drain the soil so that it’s not overly saturated. Also, you may cover the planting area during the growing season with about 2 to 3 inches of mulch; bark mulch or wood chips will do. This will help retain water and keep the soil from getting too hot during the summer.
4. Fertilize only once when the buds begin to appear with a low nitrogen fertilizer.
5. One can even mulch around the bulbs with straw or grass to keep the bulbs cool and the area weed free
6. After they bloom, (don’t cut off too many flowers for your vases) you must let the stalk die back naturally – that’s how the bulb gets food for next year’s blooms.
7. When the blooming has ended, allow the leaves to die back. Plant the lilies in a garden for next year or store in a cool, dark area such as a basement or refrigerator.

Caring for cut oriental lily
There are a few tips to keep your oriental lilies vase looking best.
1. You should cut the length you need for the vase, nothing extra.
2. If you purchase cut lilies from the florist, you should be remove the foliage that is under the water but leave the leaves above as they retain moisture for the stem and flower.
3. Use flower preservative that you receive from the florist and cut the stems on a 45-degree angle.
4. Chang water every few days and re-cut 0.5” off of the stems
5. Keep your vase out of direct sunlight

Selecting Oriental Lily for Your Garden

Oriental lily is tall, stunning beauties with a marvelous fragrance that can give your late summer garden a boost of color and class. From tall tree lily to short ground cover lily, there’s one to suit every garden. They grow well in zone 5 and 6 of Michigan and may perform for you in zone 4 if in a protected spot. If you find the right location for them they will last for many years and multiply to nice clumps for you. These stars of the summer border are best grown in containers, waiting in the wings until their big moment. Move them to centre stage as their blooms begin open, and then return them backstage as they fade.

Bloom Time: Summer
Light: Full sun, semi shade
Soil: Loamy, Well-draining
Moisture: Little extra moisture required
Bulb planting depths: 6 to 8″ deep, mulch lightly
Spacing / planting distance between bulbs: 6″ to 8″
Hardiness: 3-8

Oriental Lilies to Try
Black Beauty: raspberry red
Casablanca: has a large white bloom. If you want a white lily, this is a nice one, because the blooms are showy and extra large. A group of bulbs can put on a real show.
Dizzy: white with maroon stripes and spots
La Rêve: soft pink with spots
Mona Lisa: rose with raspberry spots
Muscadet: has large white with pink spots blooms. It grows 20-40 inches.
Stargazer: is another variety that is a good choice. The flowers are a deep pink and rose blend. They have beautiful blooms.

Oriental lily prefers acid soil and temperate, moist summers. Provide these by shade, mulching, or container culture if necessary. Their enormous flowers, heavenly fragrance, and late summer bloom time are worth the extra efforts.