Planting Lilies

Gene Mirro
Sat, 16 Feb 2013 10:54:37 PST
What do you mean by warm stratification?  Can you explain what worked for you?

Are you going to mulch the soil surface over these bulbs?  I have experienced 100% losses of species lily bulbs in clean-cultivated soil in full sun.  I learned that species lilies need mulch and/or companion plants to keep the soil cool and not too wet.  Afternoon shade also helps.  But your climate is cooler than mine, so I don’t know what will happen there.  

The birds will destroy the young foliage of these small bulbs.  I use inverted 17” flats to protect the plants.  On a larger scale, you could also use bird netting, or build some cloche frames.
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