Lily Of The Valley Info - Knowledgebase Question

Wyoming, MI
Question by rickyteri
October 8, 1999
I would like to know all basic info on the lily of the valley. For instance, is it bulb or a seed and what time of the year do you plant it or even buy it to be planted? What type of soil is recommended?


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Answer from NGA
October 8, 1999

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Lily of the Valley is grown from "pips" - these are like tiny little bulbs. This plant does best in an area of partial to full shade. Lily of the Valley appreciates a soil that is rich in organic matter and moisture retentive (but not soggy). In the spring, plant clumps or single pips in soil amended with lots of organic matter (to help retain moisture). Plant pips 4-5 inches apart, and 1 1/2 inches deep. If you're planting clumps, space them 1-2 feet apart. Lily of the Valley will spread, making a carpet of groundcover, and is especially nice under deciduous shrubs. When foliage dies down, mulch with peat moss. New leaves will grow in the spring and new flowers will follow.


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