Alike all other flowering plants, lilies also develop their bulbs during the autumn season. Soil needs to be taken out so that there is a deep cavity of 12 to 15 inches. Deep planting helps in the case of almost all the plants since the roots can reach the soft soil layer and strengthen the stem system also. It also gives the plant stability in case of an accidental force. Another major advantage is the elimination of staking. Lilies prefer a cold period of time and need refrigeration during the time. Lilies require much care during the blooming time as they need 4-6 hours of pure sunshine. This can be negated if there are other low plants nearby. Careful irrigation system needs to be implemented as water trapped under the scales can harm the bulb and hurt the bloom. Most type of lilies are fond of acidic or neutral soil formations. An exception to this is Madonna lily which requires alkaline turf to grow. Make sure that sufficient space is provided in between bulbs during planting. Water the whole system thoroughly but keep in mind that water logging must be avoided. The soild in which the bulb is planted need sto be mulched or enriched using organic matter prior to planting.
How to take care of lilies?
Fertilizers play an important role during the growth of lilies. Water must be made available and an alkali fertilizer must be applied every biweekly. The surface of bloom has to be kept moist during extreme cold conditions. It has to be taken care of during harsh weather conditions. Red lily beetles harm the flower badly. Make sure to double check the whole system periodically; bare eyes are more than enough for inspection. Compost and mulch are friends to any flowering plants and has to be applied every spring season so that the whole system is neatly treated with rich supply. Compost and bone meal are good when it comes to replanting lilies. Yes, they have to be replanted when they bloom. You surely need the charm everywhere, don’t you? Flowers bloom to the height of their glory and fade off. As soon as they fade, cut the stack along with the faded flower right back to the base of the plant. Tall lilies have to be staked off in order to necessitate shorter ones.
Beware of the slugs and snails. They are really harmful to lilies. Also keep an eye on aphids. They are best known to destroy any sophisticated flowering plant by spreading viruses. Make sure to keep the stem free of any leaves submerged in water. The foliage underwater can really be distracting. Lilies are known to attract butterflies and other small insects to its pollen. Deer, hogs and rabbits can destroy the entire plant if allowed inside your garden. So make sure to keep these creatures away using a proper wire cage to protect the bulbs.
The persistent care and affection shown towards lilies during its blooming period is well paid when the flower reaches maturity. An amazingly powerful flower is the reward. Its fragrance will make you feel like in heaven. Such is the aroma of this small gift of nature.