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Planting Asian Lilies: Information About The Asian Lily

Planting Asian Lilies: Information About The Asian Lily

Everyone loves lilies. Planting Asiatic lilies (Lilium asiatica) in the landscape ensures the earliest lily blooms. Asiatic lily care is easy once you learn how to grow Asiatic lilies. The secret to beautiful, long-lasting blooms lies in learning the right way to plant Asiatic lilies. You will be rewarded with colorful and profuse blooms on this prized perennial. How to Grow Asiatic Lilies Find a location and prepare the soil in advance when planting Asiatic lilies. Asiatic Lily information advises planting in a sunny to semi-sunny location. At least six hours of sunlight are necessary for the Asiatic lily family.

The soil should be well-draining, which may require the addition of organic matter incorporated several inches (8 cm) deep. If you already have rich, organic soil in the area where you will be planting Asiatic lilies, make sure it is loose and 6 to 8 inches deep. Bulbs of this lily should never sit in moist soil. Refine sandy or loamy soils by adding organic, well-composted materials. Peat moss, sand, or straw mixed into the beds before planting Asiatic lilies will improve drainage. The soil should drain well but retain moisture to nourish the growing lilies. Information on the Asiatic lily states that they also prefer slightly acidic soil. Planting Asiatic Lilies Plant these bulbs in the fall, a few weeks before winter brings freezing temperatures. This allows a good root system to develop. Asiatic lily bulbs need the winter cold to produce large blooms. Plant the bulbs three times as deep as the height of the bulb, flat end down, then mulch lightly to retain moisture. Plant short annuals around the lily bulbs in spring to provide shade. Set it up in a spot away from grazing deer; Asian bulbs are edible, and deer will do just that if given a chance.

Asiatic Lily Plant Care Fertilize your plants for optimal flowering. If you’ve followed the steps above, the organic matter in the soil will give your plants a good start. You can also fertilize with slow-release fertilizers or feed fish emulsion, worm droppings, compost tea, or nitrogenous plant food in the spring. When buds appear on the Asiatic lily, feed them a high-phosphorus feed or bone meal to help the blooms grow larger and last longer. Fertilize in limited amounts as too much fertilizer, even the organic types, can produce lush green foliage and restrict flowering. Proper care for your Asiatic lily bulbs goes a long way in creating a beautiful display.