Lilies forum: How close together do you plant?

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Name: Julia
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JuliaNY
Jan 23, 2012 11:32 AM CST
How close have you planted your lily bulbs to each other?

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Name: Jo Ann Gentle
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ge1836
Jan 24, 2012 8:11 AM CST
I have digging issues so I dig one BIG hole diameter about 16 inches and not really deep,maybe 6 inches.I make sure the sides are straight down and the bottom is pretty level. I place 3 bulbs in a hole that big. I would rather dig one big hole than a lot of individual holes.
Name: Tracey
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magnolialover
Jan 24, 2012 8:59 AM CST

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I sometimes go as little as an inch or so apart. They all gotta fit, so sometimes they get crammed. They don't seem to mind, so long as they are deep enough.
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Name: Jo Ann Gentle
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ge1836
Jan 24, 2012 9:01 AM CST
When I see many stems in a planter for sale I realize how close the bulbs can be planted in a 14 inch pot.
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Moby
Jan 24, 2012 11:11 AM CST
For me, it depends how tall and wide the mature lily will be. I plant most asiatics 4 - 6 in. apart but for a big one like Scheherazade or trumpets, those are planted about 12 in. apart.

However... I usually plant only 1 bulb and let them increase, then worry about spacing. Rolling my eyes.
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Name: Jo Ann Gentle
Pittsford NY (Zone 6a)
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ge1836
Jan 24, 2012 1:05 PM CST
Nicely put. The chunk of blooms from closely planted bulbs does sometimes bother me.
Name: Polly Kinsman
Hannibal, NY (Zone 6a)

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PollyK
Jan 24, 2012 2:27 PM CST
It depends on what I want them for. For the cutting garden I put them about an inch apart. The OTs I treasure I usually plant 8-12 inches apart.
Name: Tracey
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magnolialover
Jan 24, 2012 2:38 PM CST

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Many types of lilies increase very little, so that makes it easy, especially the orientals. I never worry about oveproduction, and since they are some of my most favorite lilies. Of course, making sure the taller get in the back of the shorter, then I'd say anything goes. So no worries when you are pressed for space and need to pop something in.
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Name: Polly Kinsman
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PollyK
Jan 24, 2012 2:39 PM CST
I don't find the OTs increase much at all. My LAs and asiatics I don't dare dig sometimes.
Name: Tracey
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magnolialover
Jan 24, 2012 2:43 PM CST

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LAs I tend to give ample room, not the type to sandwich in. They go too crazy. Trumpets don't increase much either, if at all. There are a couple OTs that have multiplied for me, but not many. I count on them not increasing and if I am wrong, I just divide when needed. It's not that much work.
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chelle
Jan 24, 2012 3:08 PM CST
This is wonderful news! I've been planting mine waaaay too far apart, and then I'm unsatisfied with the picture when they come up and bloom. They're just too scattered looking.

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Moby
Jan 24, 2012 10:27 PM CST
Don't worry about that ~ look at the difference just one year makes.
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Name: Julia
Upstate NY (Zone 6a)
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JuliaNY
Jan 25, 2012 8:44 AM CST
Thank you all for posting what you've done. I need to sort through the varieties I have and am getting to figure out which ones can be put closer. I'm sure I'll have more questions and I appreciate the help.

Julia
Upstate NY
Zone 6
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Name: Jo Ann Gentle
Pittsford NY (Zone 6a)
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ge1836
Jan 25, 2012 8:49 AM CST
Thats what the gardeners do here.
Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
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Newyorkrita
Feb 9, 2012 4:57 PM CST
If I want a mass planting I will put a bunch very close together all around one spot. That is unless you have something like SILK ROAD that grows 8 feet tall and needs lots more room.
Name: Polly Kinsman
Hannibal, NY (Zone 6a)

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PollyK
Feb 9, 2012 6:21 PM CST
Hi Rita,

Nice to see you here again. Have you been hibernating like the rest of us?
Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
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Newyorkrita
Feb 9, 2012 7:04 PM CST
I just stay inside in the winter and wait for spring. Hilarious!

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