HOW TO PLANT LILIES
1.Select a site with soil that drains well. How can you tell? After a good rain, find a spot that is the first to dry out. Water trapped beneath the overlapping scales on the lily bulb may cause rot, so a well-drained site is essential.
2.Lilies need lots of sun. For dependable blooms, lilies need 6 to 8 hours of direct sunlight a day. If it¡¯s too shady, the stems will attempt to lean towards the sun or get spindly and fall over.
3.Lilies are best suited for Zones 3 to 8. They do not thrive in Zones 9 and 10 without a period of refrigeration; they need a cold, dormant period.
4.Most of the popular varieties prefer acidic to neutral soil, but some are lime-tolerant or prefer alkaline soils.
5.Loosen the soil to a depth of 12 to 15 inches. The deep planting encourages the developing stem to send out roots to help stabilize the plant and perhaps eliminate the need for staking. Also, deep planting keeps lily bulbs cool when temperatures soar.
6.Enrich the soil with leaf mold or well-rotted organic matter to encourage good drainage. Learn more about soil amendments and preparing soil for planting.
7.Plant the bulbs 3 times as deep as the height of the bulb and set the bulb in the hole pointy side up. Fill the hole with soil and tamp gently.
8.Space bulbs at a distance equal to three times the bulb¡¯s diameter (usually about 8 to 18 inches apart).
9.For a good effect, plant lilies in groups of 3 to 5 bulbs.