- Botanical Name: Lilium oriental 'Casa Blanca'
- Form: Perennial
- Hardiness Zone: 3 to 8
- Flowering Time: Mid to late summer
- Light Requirements: Full Sun, Partial Shade
- Flower Color: Pristine white with red stamens
- Flower Form: 8-10" outward facing flower
- Foliage Type: Linear, green leaves arranged in whorls or spirals up the stems
- Height: 3-4 feet
- Spread: 9-12 inches
- Planting Instructions: 6" deep and 9-12" apart. See "Growing Tips" for more detailed instructions
- Soil Requirements: Well drained soil, will tolerate acidic soil, clay, loam, sandy soils
- Pruning: After blooming, cut the withered flower at the top of the stem to prevent seed production and then allow the leaves to wither and turn brown before removing them. The green leaves provide nourishment for the plants.
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Many growers plant lily bulbs in the Fall. However, Spring is a great time for planting lilies. Lily “bulbs” are actually tubers composed of fleshy scales and lack a protective covering. Unlike true bulb flowers, they never go completely dormant and should be handled carefully since they loose moisture very quickly. Essentially, you can plant your new lilies anytime after the ground freezes in Spring.
The most natural location for lilies is on sloping ground with excellent drainage. It’s a good idea to place them with other low plants which can provide shade for the bulb and root system. Prepare the soil with large amounts of organic matter such as leaf mold or compost. Plant with the roots downward and the scales upward. After planting, water well two or three times. Lilies are most effective when planted in groups of three or more. Space them about a foot apart – they will spread and fill this space in no time!
Lilies are great for beds and borders, planted among shrubs, along walls, or in containers. They are incredibly easy to grow and few garden pests trouble them. For best results, plant your lilies where they will have good drainage and mix some leaf mold or compost into the soil. Lilies prefer to have their blooms in the sun and their roots in the shade. Try planting them among annuals or perennials that will keep their roots cool. Always allow the leaves on the stalk to turn yellow and fall off as part of the lily’s natural growth process. This ensures that the bulbous underground part of the plant has gotten enough nourishment and will mean greater growth next year. Each year watch their beauty increase as they multiply!
There are literally thousands of lily varieties and hybrids on the market today. Some of our most popular varieties include Tiger Lilies, Oriental Lilies, and Trumpet Lilies.
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