Stargazer Lily - Knowledgebase Question

Berkeley Springs, We
Question by lb6507
May 31, 2009
I have a potted Stargazer Lily that is six years old and still in pot that I have enlarged as plant has. I get 20 blooms on it and it is very special to me. Could I, after it blooms this year plant it in the ground?. We have very dry, rocky shale filled soil. I don't want to lose this plant as it was a gift from my daughter on Mothers Day six years ago. What is best way transplant?

Answer from NGA
May 31, 2009


You can transplant your stargazer lily out into the garden after it has finished blooming as long as you amend the soil first. Dig a generous hole, twice as deep and twice as wide as the container it is in now. Amend the soil now with compost, peat moss, aged manure or any other organic matter that's readily available. After amending the soil put it back in the hole you dug and water it down well to help settle the soil. Later this season when your stargazer stops blooming, transplant it into the prepared soil by digging a hole the same size as the container, sliding your plant out of the container and setting it into the soil so it is growing at the same soil level as it was in the container. Water it well. Planting it in this manner will reduce any transplant shock and your lily should become established very quickly. Good luck with your stargazer lily.

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