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How to plant Lilies at home if you had no time in Autumn: 6 Tips

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1st Nov 2021 Home & Garden

How to plant Lilies at home if you had no time in Autumn: 6 Tips
Growing this marvellous flower at home will give you not only a beautiful window sill or balcony but also an experience with a delicate plant.
This is the best option for those who did not have time to plant bulbs in the garden in the autumn or who do not have a country home. By following the rules, you can adjust the time the flowers appear by a certain date.

1. Choosing a Lily variety for home growing

You can grow in a pot almost any variety, but Asian and Oriental lily bulbs are most suitable. Expect the flowering of lilies planted in November-December by Valentine’s Day or March 8. To get a continuously blooming window sill, if you have a lot of planting material, plant lilies every 2 weeks.

 2. Selection of planting material

Ideally, the bulbs should be large, clean, healthy, with dense scales and sprouted roots. But such material is not always available. To improve the condition of the planting material, remove spoiled scales and use a plant immunity booster.

3. Choosing the right flower pot

If you choose a pot that is too large, then the lily will not bloom. Although it will develop, give greenery, but will not tie a bud. Therefore, fill the pot with bulbs tightly. And, at the same time, they should not be crowded. The optimal quantity is up to 5 pieces for a pot with a diameter of 30 cm. Besides, the height of the pot is important. For tall flowers (more than a meter), choose a tall pot — at least 40 cm.

4. Planting a Lily in a pot

Use a universal soil for garden or balcony plants, or purchase a special one for lilies.
  • At the bottom of the pot, be sure to pour a drainage layer of about 5 cm.
  • Place the bulbs at a depth equal to 3 times their height, about 10-15 cm.
  • Place the pot away from heaters for the first three weeks.
Light at this time is unimportant, and the temperature should not exceed 18-20°C. When planting, do not fertilize the soil, as the bulb has enough food supply for germination.

5. Caring for the Lily

Keep the soil slightly moist. Don’t overwater it, water it once a week. Then, as soon as the first leaf begins to peck, transfer the pot to a bright room without direct sunlight and with a temperature of 23-25°C. And you can start a fertilizing program using special fertilizers for bulbous flowers.

6. Lily in a pot after flowering

Depending on the time of planting, the lily will finish flowering at different times of the year. What to do next?
  • Reduce watering and fertilizing gradually.
  • Then carefully remove the withered stems.
  • If you aren’t going to plant lilies in the garden, move the container to the basement or another, cooler window sill or loggia, but without access to light. The bulbs will rest and then bloom again.
But this way of keeping a lily is risky. The soil may dry out, and the bulb may die. It is best to store the bulbs using a refrigerator or a room with a temperature of 2-4 °C. Store them in slightly damp sand, moss, or simply wrapped in newspaper or foil.
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