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How to Grow Stargazer Lilies on the Gulf Coast

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How to Grow Stargazer Lilies on the Gulf Coast

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Overview

Stargazer lilies are large, showy white flowers with striking hot pink markings inside the flower cup. Stargazers have long, white stamen tipped with yellow anthers in the middle of the blossom. The lilies are produced from bulbs, which can be used year after year to produce more lilies. Because of the average climate along the Gulf Coast, gardeners along this coast must plant stargazer lilies differently than gardeners in other areas of the United States.

Step 1

Place stargazer lily bulbs in a brown paper bag in early September. Place the bag of bulbs in the refrigerator, away from fruits or vegetables. Lily bulbs need exposure to near-freezing temperatures to bloom. Because the Gulf Coast almost never has such weather, Gulf Coast gardeners must chill their bulbs in the refrigerator.

Step 2

Remove the bag of bulbs from the refrigerator in early November.

Step 3

Place your bulbs in an area of your yard that receives full sunlight during the day, checking on conditions in November. The ideal location for stargazer lily bulbs on the Gulf Coast is on the eastern or southern side of the home.

Step 4

Dig holes for each of the bulbs with your hand trowel. Space bulbs at a distance of 1 1/2 times their width away from one another. Dig the holes three times the length of each bulb (measured from the pointed tip to the rounded bottom). Unless you have unusually rich soil, there is no need to amend the soil. The sandy or clay-like soil found along the Gulf Coast is ideal for stargazer lilies.

Step 5

Place one bulb in each hole, pointed side up. Refill the hole with the loose soil that you dug up. Tamp the soil very gently over the top of the bulbs, using very little force.

Step 6

Water the bulbs immediately, to help them settle into their new homes. Thereafter, do not water the bulbs until sprouts emerge in February or March. Water the sprouts only when the top inch of soil feels dry to the touch.

Step 7

Clip off flower heads when they have died. Stargazer lilies start to droop in the Gulf Coast in April, because they cannot tolerate daytime temperatures above 85 degrees Fahrenheit. When you clip off dead flower heads, leave all of the stems and leaves intact. The bulb gathers and stores energy from the foliage, and the greenery must die back naturally so that the bulb absorbs as much energy as possible.

Things You'll Need

  • Brown paper bag
  • Refrigerator
  • Hand trowel

References

  • All Experts: Stargazer Lily
  • HortChat.com: Stargazer Lilies
  • Backyard Gardener: Lilium
Keywords: stargazer Gulf Coast, lilies Gulf Coast, growing stargazer lilies

About this Author

Cyn Vela is a freelance writer and professional blogger. Her work has been published on dozens of websites, as well as in local print publications. Vela's articles usually focus on where her passions lie: writing, web development, blogging, parenting, gardening, and health and wellness. She studied English literature at Del Mar College, and at the University of Texas at San Antonio.