Planting Lilies

Gene Mirro
Sat, 16 Feb 2013 17:48:28 PST
I grow on a much smaller scale.  I usually plunge the entire seedling pot rootball into the garden without separating the little bulbs.  I place about 1/4 inch of soil over the top of the rootball.  So the bulbs are 1/4 inch deeper than they were in the pot.  I then mulch with fine bark for the first year, and with coarse bark for the second year.  As soon as I start using coarse mulch, I have to do serious slug eradication with bait.  I also grow companion plants over my lily beds, which help with soil moisture and temperature.  When the bulbs are almost big enough to bloom, I separate and replant them with more room.  But it’s amazing how well lilies grow when crowded fairly close together.  The bulbs become more cylindrical, since there is only room to grow downward.
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