Information About Lilies

Asiatic Lily Propagation: How To Propagate An Asiatic Lily Plant

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

Propagating Asiatic lily is commercially done by bulb, but if you have patience, you can save money and grow them from division, seed or even leaves. Try reproducing Asiatic lilies in any one of these ways for a fun, interesting project. Learn more here.

Gloriosa Lily Seed Germination – Learn How To Plant Gloriosa Lily Seeds

By Liz Baessler

Gloriosa lilies are beautiful, tropical looking flowering plants that bring a splash of color to your garden or home, and it can produce seeds for you to grow into more plants. Click here to learn more about gloriosa lily seed germination and when to plant gloriosa lily seeds.

Should You Stake Lily Plants: Tips For Staking Lilies In The Garden

By Mary Ellen Ellis

Do lilies need staking? A lot of taller plants will eventually need a little extra support if you don't want your flowers lying in the dirt. Staking lilies is a simple way to ensure your late season beds continue to add beauty to your garden. Learn more here.

Tiger Lily Mosaic Virus – Are Tiger Lilies Prone To Mosaic Virus

By Mary Ellen Ellis

Are tiger lilies prone to mosaic virus? Tiger lilies can carry mosaic virus, and although it has little impact on them, it can be spread to the other lilies in your beds. Click on this article for information on planting tiger lilies near others in the garden.

Oriental Lily Plant Care – How To Grow Oriental Lilies In The Garden

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

Oriental lilies are the classic ?late bloomer.? Some of the most magnificent flowers in the lily family are in this large group of species and cultivars. Click here to learn how to grow oriental lilies for a colorful, magical blooming garden surrounding your home.

Transplanting Tiger Lilies: How To Transplant Tiger Lily Plants

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

Dividing the cluster of bulbs and transplanting tiger lilies will enhance growth and blooming, and increase your stock of these charming lilies. For best success, you should know when to divide and how to transplant tiger lily plants. This article will help.

Storing Gloriosa Lily Tubers: Caring For Gloriosa Lily In Winter

By Darcy Larum, Landscape Designer

Hardy in zones 9 or higher, many of us can only grow gloriosa as an annual. Northern gardeners can store gloriosa tubers indoors over winter. However, these tubers require a little different care than most tubers and bulbs. This article will help.

Dividing Tree Lily Bulbs: Learn How And When To Divide A Tree Lily Bulb

By Mary H. Dyer, Credentialed Garden Writer

Although tree lily is a very tall, sturdy plant at 6 to 8 feet, it isn't actually a tree, it's an Asiatic lily hybrid. Whatever you call this gorgeous plant, one thing is sure - dividing tree lily bulbs is about as easy as it gets. Click here to learn more.

Companions For Lilies In The Garden: Plants That Grow Well With Lilies

By Darcy Larum, Landscape Designer

Lilies have been adored and considered sacred plants in different cultures for centuries. Today, they are still on of the most loved garden plants. Their deeply rooted bulbs and wide array of color and variety makes them great companion plants. Learn more here.

Deadheading Lilies: How To Deadhead A Lily Plant

By Liz Baessler

Lilies are an extremely varied and popular group of plants that produce beautiful, and sometimes, very fragrant flowers. But what happens when those flowers fade? Should you cut them off or leave them where they are? Find out in this article.

Tree Lily Information: Caring For Potted Tree Lilies

By Liz Baessler

Despite being so large, tree lilies in containers perform well, as long as they have enough space. You can learn more about how to grow tree lilies in containers and caring for potted tree lilies in this article. Click here for additional information.

Canada Lily Wildflowers – How To Grow Canada Lilies In Gardens

By Mary H. Dyer, Credentialed Garden Writer

Canada lily is a stunning wildflower that produces lance-shaped leaves and enchanting yellow, orange, or red, trumpet-shaped flowers in midsummer. Wondering how to grow Canada lilies in your garden? Find out in this article.

Potted Lily Plants – Tips On Planting Lilies In Containers

By Darcy Larum, Landscape Designer

If you find yourself drawn to the exotic look of lilies and wonder "can you grow lily plants in pots," the answer is yes. As long as you have enough space on your porch, patio or balcony for a medium to large pot, it?s more than possible. This article will get you started.

Lily Plant Types: What Are Different Varieties Of Lilies

By Liz Baessler

There are a huge number of different varieties of lilies, and picking out the right one can get a little overwhelming. Click on this article to learn more about the different types of lilies and when they bloom, which should make choosing one a little easier.

Overwintering Lilies – Do Lily Bulbs Need To Be Overwintered

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

Do lily bulbs need to be overwintered? Gardeners in colder climates would do well to pull up the bulbs and save them indoors unless you treat the plants as annuals. But that would be a shame since storing lily bulbs is easy. This article will help.

Are Oriental And Asiatic Lilies The Same?

By Mary H. Dyer, Credentialed Garden Writer

Are Oriental and Asiatic lilies the same? The answer to this often-asked question is no, the plants are definitely not the same. Learn how to tell the difference between Asiatic and Oriental lilies in this article.

Dividing Lily Plants: Learn When And How To Transplant Lilies

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

Flower growers know that lilies in the garden naturalize and produce more and more blooms season after season. The secret is dividing lily plants. Learn the tips on how to transplant lilies and divide them in this article.

Lily Mosaic Virus Detection And Treatment

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

Lilies are the queens of the flower world. Unfortunately, they are often subject to diseases. Lily mosaic virus is most common and can mar the beauty and perfection of unique Lillium species. Click here for more info.

Growing Wood Lilies: How To Care For Wood Lily Plants

By Anne Baley

In most of the northern parts of the country, wood lily plants grow in grasslands and mountainous regions, filling the fields and slopes with their cheerful blooms. Learn about growing wood lilies in this article.

How To Grow Lilies: Information On The Care Of Lily Plants

By Susan Patterson, Master Gardener

Growing lilies from bulbs is a favorite pastime of many gardeners. There are many types of lilies but the general care of lily plants is basically the same. Find out more in the article that follows.

Planting Asiatic Lilies: Information About The Asiatic Lily

By Becca Badgett, Co-author of How to Grow an EMERGENCY Garden

Everyone loves lilies. Planting Asiatic lilies in the landscape provides the earliest lily bloom. Asiatic lily care is simple once you've learned how to grow Asiatic lilies. This article will help with that.

Learn About Lily Beetles Control

By Jackie Rhoades

What are the red beetles eating my Asiatic lilies? It?s a lily leaf beetle. Read this article for more information on these pests and what you can do to save your precious lily plants.

Monty Don: Gardening expert explains when to feed house plants and what to use

MONTY DON has told Britons when to feed their house plants and what to use to keep them healthy. The gardening expert also explained what happens if you overfeed a house plant.

Gardeners' World: Monty Don warns against 'overfeeding' plants

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Gardening expert Monty Don has shared more tips with Britons on how to look after their house plants. Gardening and caring for house plants surged in popularity in 2020 as more people spent time at home. Monty often shares his top gardening tips and advice on a plethora of TV shows.



In a video for BritBox on YouTube, Monty Don gave his top tips on how to feed house plants, when to feed them and what to feed them.

Monty explained that feeding house plants is a “tricky question”.

House plants grow all year round which means at some point they will need to be fed nutrients.

While plants in the garden can look for nutrients in the soil, house plants rely on their owners for nutrients and minerals.

Monty Don: Gardening expert explains when to feed house plants and what to use (Image: GETTY/YouTube BritBox)

Monty Don: “Every plant that is grown in a container will sooner or later need a supplementary feed" (Image: GETTY)

Monty said: “Every plant that is grown in a container will sooner or later need a supplementary feed because it will exhaust the available nutrients inside the pot.”

However, the gardening expert explained that there while regular feeding is good, there is also a risk of overfeeding your plant.

“If you overfeed, it will result in overly lush soft tissue and soft growth that is much more prone to disease and predation,” he explained.

“The key to it is to feed when the plant is actively growing.

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“You want to encourage lush growth and lots of greenery.”

Monty then recommended what type of feed to use in order to keep your plant healthy.

Some plants need fertilisers with certain content.

Depending on the house plant, you may need a fertiliser with more or less nitrogen, magnesium phosphorus and potassium content.


Monty continued: “You give it a high amount of nitrogen and if you want to promote flowering then you need a feed that is high in potassium.

“A general purpose tomato feed will do that perfectly well.

“I use liquid seaweed but use it sparingly.”

According to Gardeners’ World, plants with foliage will need a feed that’s rich in nitrogen.

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If leaves look like they’re yellowing then they will need a nitrogen-rich feed which also has magnesium in it.

Meanwhile, flowering plants need a weekly feed that’s rich in potassium.

Succulents and cacti don’t need feeding to survive.

Those that flower can be fed to encourage flowers to bloom.


How to Plant Lilies:

Lily bulbs can be planted in spring, but getting them into the ground in autumn gives them a head start. Because they are stem rooters and the bulb often anchors a heavy blossom load, it’s critical to sink it at least 8 to 10 inches from top of bulb to top of soil. In regions where temperatures skyrocket above 90 degrees F on a daily basis, sink the bulbs an extra 4 inches or so deeper.

  • Plant lilies in a berm or raised bed to ensure proper drainage
  • Lilies look best when planted in clusters of three or more bulbs
  • In areas of high rainfall, plant lily bulbs on their side to prevent rotting
  • If you have naturally acidic soil, add some garden lime to the planting hole

For more information about planting and storing bulbs, see Bulbs 101

Lily Care:

Take precautions against voles and other pests, especially in winter. And deer chomp the stems. Insects are also a peril. In earliest spring, when lilies first emerge, begin lily beetle patrol. They’re bright red and easy to spot. Simply remove them before they reproduce and wreak havoc.

Stake your lilies before the blossoms begin to weigh down the stems, making sure not to impale the bulb.

Don’t hesitate to cut your lilies for bouquets—but remove only 1/3 of the stem. Lilies use their foliage to replenish the bulbs for next year’s blooms. When cutting lilies, remove the anthers before bringing them indoors, as they can stain clothing and tablecloths.

We call many different plants lilies, however only those in the genus Lilium are true lilies. Calla lilies, daylilies, canna lilies and spider lilies are not true lilies and have key differences that are important for gardening success. True lilies are unique in that they produce a single flower stalk from a bulb, encircled by leaves and supporting multiple flowers.

  • Zones 8-10
  • Full sun to partial shade
  • Bulb
  • Blooms in summer and fall
  • Good cut flower

Daylily (Hemerocallis)

  • Zones 3-9
  • Full sun
  • Perennial
  • Blooms in summer
  • Not good for cutting - flowers only last 24 hours

Canna Lily (Canna)

  • Zones 7-10
  • Full sun
  • Perennial
  • Blooms in late summer and fall
  • Not good for cutting, wilts quickly

Spider Lily (Lycoris)

  • Zones 6-10
  • Part sun/part shade
  • Bulb
  • Blooms in fall
  • Good cut flower


Zones 5 to 8 are ideal for most lilies. Some are hardier, such as L. canadense and L. cernuum, which will tolerate the chill of Zone 3, but often not the heat in regions hotter than Zone 6 or 7. Easter lily, L. longiflorum, prefers Zones 7 to 9.


Lilies love full sun, and six hours or more is imperative. Lilies like to have their "head in the sun, feet in the shade." To keep their roots cool, plant them with low-growing annuals, perennials, or grasses.

Most lilies like a soil that’s rich but not overly beefy, though the Orienpet lilies are not fussy about food and tolerate a leaner diet. Drainage is the critical issue. Given their druthers, lilies would like to be planted in a berm or raised bed so water drains away from the bulbs. A pH of 5.5 to 6.5 suits them best.

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