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LILIUM


How to Grow Lilies


Plant bulbs in fall or spring as soon as possible after you get them. If you must wait, keep them in a cool place briefl y until you plant. Don’t buy bulbs with dry, withered scales; they won’t rehydrate, and their appearance may indicate that the growing tip inside is dead. Before plant- ing bulbs, remove any injured scales, then let the bulbs cal- lus in a cool place for a few hours before planting.


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PLANTING To plant in already cultivated, good gar- den soil, dig a planting hole the depth of your shovel blade. To plant in unculti- vated ground, dig a hole 1 ft. deeper than height of bulb. In either situation, place enough soil at bottom of hole to bring it up to proper level for bulb. Set bulb with its roots spread; fi ll in hole with soil, fi rming it in around bulb to eliminate air pockets. If your garden has gophers, plant each bulb in a 6-in.-square wire basket made of 1⁄2-in. hardware cloth. (The depth of the basket will depend on the planting depth.) Planting depth varies according to size and rooting habits of bulbs. General rule is to bury each bulb 21⁄2 times as deep as its diame- ter, but exact depth can be quite fl exible. It is better to plant lily bulbs too shallow than too deep; they have con- tractile roots that draw them down to proper depth if the soil has been deeply loos- ened before planting. Ideal spacing for lily bulbs is 1 ft. apart, but you can plant as close as 6 in. for a densely massed effect.


WATERING Flooding is pref- erable to overhead watering, which can spread disease spores and also topple tall lil- ies when they’re in fl ower. If you use drip irrigation, keep the emitter 8 in. from the stem. Irrigate in the morning, so that leaves have time to dry before disease sets in. Since most lilies never really enter a dormant period,


they need moisture year- round; water when the top 2 in. of soil has dried out. Cut back on watering some- what after tops turn yellow in fall, but never let roots go completely dry. Exceptions are species native to dry- summer areas with gravelly soils (L. columbianum, L. hum- boldtii, L. pardalinum). These are adapted to dry periods after bloom and will rot if they get too much water.


WEEDING Pull weeds by hand if possible; hoeing may injure roots. Avoid preemer- gent weed suppressants; they can also suppress lily root growth.


POST-BLOOM CARE Remove faded fl owers to prevent seed formation. Wait until stems and leaves turn yellow before you cut plants back. If the clumps become too large and crowded, dig, divide, and transplant them in fall. If you’re careful, you can lift lily clumps at any time, even when they are in bloom.


CHALLENGES When they occur, the following can spell


trouble for lilies. Incurable viral infec-


tion. To avoid the problem, buy healthy bulbs from reli- able sources, or stick with virus-resistant species and hybrids (noted). Dig and destroy any lilies that display mottled leaves or seriously stunted growth (unless those problems are linked to hail or other severe weather). Con- trol aphids, which spread the infection. Don’t plant tiger lil- ies in your garden, since they can carry virus without show-


ing it. Botrytis. Reduce risk of


botrytis blight (a fungal dis- ease) by maintaining good air circulation around plants; don’t let dense foliage sur- round lilies. Botrytis can be controlled with a fungicide and by keeping lily foliage dry; if you’ve struggled with botrytis in the past, spray the ground with fungicide as new lilies emerge in spring.


L. lancifolium (L. tigrinum). TIGER LILY. Zones 2–9, 14–21. Native to East Asia, naturalized in North America. Grows 6 ft. tall, producing about a dozen orange fl owers with purple spots and recurved petals every sum- mer. It also grows marble-size bulbils along the stem; they drop to the ground (or you plant them) for more tiger lilies. ‘Pink Tiger’ is a pink hybrid; ‘Flore Pleno’ is a double. This species carries virus without showing it; don’t plant it if you have virus- susceptible lilies in the garden. L. lankongense. Zones 2b–24. Alpine native of China. To 3–5 ft. tall, spreading by stoloniferous stems. Powerfully fragrant Turk’s cap fl owers in rose-red with purple spots, car- ried up to 15 per stem. Mid- summer bloom. Tolerates alkaline soils. Many consider this the most beautiful lily. L. leichtlinii. Zones 1–9, 14–24. Native to Japan. Grows 3–4 ft. tall, producing maroon- speckled yellow fl owers in early summer. Good drainage essential. L. leucanthum centifo-


lium. Zones 2–9, 14–24. Native to China. To 7–8 ft. tall. Up to 18 fragrant, white, mid- summer fl owers with external purple-red streaks. Funnel- shaped blooms, slightly pendulous. L. longifl orum. EASTER


LILY. Zones 2–9, 14–24; H1. Native to Japan, Taiwan. Up to six trumpet-shaped, very fra- grant white fl owers on each short stem. Usually purchased in bloom at Easter. Stems will die down. Plant may rebloom in fall; in 1 or 2 years, will likely begin fl owering in midsummer, its normal bloom season. Recent hybridization has yielded pink, red, and yellow types. L. martagon. TURK’S CAP


LILY. Zones 1–10, 14–17. Native from Europe to Mongolia. To 3–5 ft. tall. In midsummer, each stem bears up to 50 pendent fl owers 1–2 in. wide with sharply recurved petals. Blossoms are typically purplish pink with darker spots, but darker-colored and pure white variants exist. Easy to grow but slow to establish; eventually forms big clumps. Extreme virus resistance. L. pardalinum. LEOPARD LILY. Zones 2–7, 14–17. Native


from southwestern Oregon to Southern California. To 4–8 ft. tall, with unscented Turk’s cap fl owers in orange or red-orange shading to yellow, with brown spotting in center. Up to 10 fl owers per stem. Blooms in late spring or early summer. L. pumilum. CORAL LILY. Zones 1–10, 14–24. Native to northern China, Mongolia, and Siberia. To 1–11⁄2 ft. high, with up to 20 fragrant red Turk’s cap fl owers per stem. Blooms in early summer. L. regale. REGAL LILY. Zones 1–9, 14–24. Native to western China. Popular and easy to grow. Stems to 6 ft. tall; in midsummer, each bears up to 25 fragrant, funnel-shaped white blossoms fl ushed purple outside, carried horizontally. L. speciosum. Zones 1–7, 14–17. Native to China, Japan, Taiwan. To 3–5 ft. tall. Large, wide, fragrant Turk’s cap fl owers are white, heavily suffused with rose-pink and sprinkled with raised crimson dots. Usually up to 12 fl owers per stem. Blooms in late summer. L. s. album has pure white blooms, L. s. rubrum red ones. ‘Uchida’ is the most popular selection; it has white- edged pink blooms with deep pink speckles and red anthers. L. superbum. SWAMP LILY. Zones 3–9, 14–24. Native to the eastern U.S. Reaches 6–9 ft. tall, producing nodding orange, Turk’s cap fl owers whose petals turn red-orange at the tips with maturity. In the wild, it prefers moist meadows or woodlands but does fi ne in regularly watered gardens.


Lilium longifl orum is striking in garden borders where its fragrant white trum- pets can really show off. Combine several plants with yellow Asiatic lilies and Shasta daisies. When not forced into bloom for Easter, these lilies fl ower naturally in midsummer.


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