The Q&A Archives: Transplanting Lilies

Question: We planted our new garden in April shortly after buying our house. I would like to move the Asiatic Lilies to a different bed after seeing what they did this past summer. They were beautiful, but a little too far apart. It is September now, what should I do? They are still green.

Answer: Asiatic lilies are some of the easiest and most reliable lilies you can grow. You can space them one-foot apart, or as close as six inches for a densely massed effect. Wait until the foliage yellows, then cut back and transplant into soil amended with organic matter to help hold moisture. You can use compost, leaf mold, or even peat moss to amend the bed prior to planting. Lilies need moisture to about 6" deep, so spread a 3"-4" layer of organic matter on the soil surface and dig it in to a depth of 6" - 8" before transplanting your lilies.

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