How much sun do lilies need as they grow and how many times should I water them to ensure the sun does not dry them out and kill them.
Lilies (Lilium spp) are loved by florists and gardeners everywhere! They are delightfully flamboyant with beautiful flowers and heady perfume.
Known for their big, bold blooms in scrumptious colors, these hardy bulbs are low maintenance, dependable, and multiply easily. Oh, and they have an unforgettable and intensely sweet fragrance.
They have such a splendid and classy display; you might think these exotic bulbs are difficult or fussy to grow.
But that’s not the case – these popular hybrids are easy to cultivate and adapt to most conditions.
Why Grow Lilies?
- Easy To Grow – Lily care is easy for anyone willing to grow them. These are some of the easiest sun perennials to grow, as long as they have well-draining soils and lots of suns.
- Beautiful, Showy, Summer Color – Lily flowers are large and beautiful with some growing up to 8 inches across, so they easily get noticed in the summer garden. They come in a variety of colors including orange, white, pink, red, yellow, and more.
- Outstanding Cut Flower – The lily flower is cherished and best for wedding bouquets, centerpieces, and cut-flower arrangements. One lily flower is enough for an arrangement to stand out.
- Incredible Fragrance – An example is the oriental lilies that are best for their outstanding fragrance that floats on the summer breeze. As cut flowers, they can perfume a room.
- Versatility – Lilies come in many colors and sizes. They are easy to fit into garden settings and even pots.
- Bloom Time – When lilies bloom, there is just a beauty you cannot hide. When do they bloom? This depends on the variety of lily you are growing. With a little planning, you can plant different varieties and have blooms spread out throughout the summertime.
How Much Sun Do Lilies Need?
Lilies need sun a good amount of sun to thrive. A single mature lily plant can produce dozens of flowers during the summer. The flowers need to open in direct sunlight or in partial shade.
While flowering it is optimum that the lilies receive a minimum of 6 hours of direct sunlight. Once they bloom, they stay fresh longer if partially shaded during the hottest part of the day.
Grow your lilies in a site that receives full sun and some partial shade to balance out the two when need be.
Successfully Growing Your Lillies Under Sun
No matter what type you choose to grow, the care and cultivation of all varieties are similar. Here are a few tips to follow.
- Sow your bulbs in fall or spring immediately after planting. These bulbs lack a moisture retentive ability and dry out quickly spoiling them.
- Use organically-rich soil with a neutral to slightly acidic pH of 6.0 to 6.5. make sure your soil is cool and moist at all times.
- Lilies do best in full to partial sun, but some prefer light shade – like the Martagon hybrids and some North American species.
Plant your bulbs 4 to 6 inches deep. Still, even if you miss it, they have contractile roots that pull bulbs down to their proper depth. Therefore, you would rather plant them too shallow than too deep.
To grow successfully, use well-draining soil. Do not allow any bulbs to stand in water or else they will rot. Add a good amount of organic matter such as compost or aged manure to enrich your soil.
To help with moisture retention, add 1/3 shredded coconut coir, peat moss, perlite, or vermiculite. To improve drainage, mix in some coarse sand if needed.
Put some bone meal into the planting holes and plant bulbs with the flat (root) end down. The bulbs should be approximately 3 inches below the soil surface.
Plant bulbs 10 inches apart to ensure proper air circulation and prevent fungal disease.
Water immediately to settle the bulbs and add a 1-inch layer of leaf mulch or to help retain moisture.
After stems emerge from the soil, feed it with a good fertilizer like the 10-10-10 (NPK). Add a second, supplemental feeding when buds begin to form and water in thoroughly.
You can now begin to enjoy the flowers with the Asiatics lilies being the earliest to bloom starting late spring. Oriental and Trumpets flower in midsummer, with the other hybrids following in mid-to-late summer.
After flowering, remove all the spent blooms, but leave 2/3 of the stem and leaves in place for photosynthesis.
Allow stems to die back on their own, then cut back to the ground and clean around the plants for winter.
Lily Flowers Conclusion
As much as lilies require plenty of suns when growing, they also need a period of cold winter dormancy and do not grow well in areas with warm winters.