The Q&A Archives: Planting Garden Lilies

Question: I purchased some bulbs last fall from a salvage place that often has strange and sometimes mismarked bulbs. They don't provide terribly much info on the bulbs. I think they appear to be garden lilies (bulb rather than fleshy root like daylilies) and are named "pink perfection." Can I plant them now (mid-April) in zone 6 and will they bloom for me this year? Also, do you have any information whatsoever about these "pink perfection" lilies?

Answer: Your 'Pink Perfection' are Aurelian hybrid lilies. They'll grow to about 36" inches high and bloom in the summer. Plant the bulbs in reasonably well-drained soil in full sun to partial shade. Plant them about two or three times as deep as the diameter of the bulb, 12 - 18 inches apart. Remove faded blossoms before the seed pod forms (development of the seed pod takes energy from the plant that should be directed back into the bulb for next year's bloom). Mulch to keep the bulbs cool and help retain soil moisture.

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