How to Care for Stargazer Lillies

Overview

The stargazer lily is a fast-growing Oriental hybrid that produces showy red and white flowers with dark purple spots. This lily does well in USDA hardiness zones 4 to 8 and blooms from spring until the middle of summer. Stargazer lilies do not require a lot of attention and tend to thrive even with significant neglect. They grow up to 3 feet tall, making them a good choice for container planting as well as in borders. Stargazer lilies are attractive in cut flower arrangements and fragrant as well.

Step 1

Remove all grass, weeds and large rocks for your planting locatoin. Stargazer lilies do best when the plant receives full sun while the roots remain in a shady spot, such as under other low-growing plants. The soil in the chosen planting area should hold moisture well, but not remain overly moist or soggy.

Step 2

Loosen the soil to a depth of 8 inches, using a garden fork. If the soil in your garden contains excessive amounts of clay, amend with a 3-inch layer of organic compost. Dig an 8-inch hole for each bulb with a garden spade and plant with the pointy end up. If you are unsure which end to point upward, plant the bulb sideways.

Step 3

Water the bulbs well, but not enough to make the soil soggy. Continue to water whenever the top inch of soil is dry to the touch.

Step 4

Apply insecticide or fungicide to treat pest infestations and diseases.

Step 5

Remove the flowers after they have faded so that nutrients will be directed to the bulbs instead of seed production. Using pruning shears, prune stargazer lilies back to a height of 2 to 3 inches in fall or early winter, after the plant has turned brown.

Tips and Warnings

  • Do not plant stargazer lilies in a location that remains wet, as the roots will quickly rot.

Things You'll Need

  • Garden fork
  • Garden spade
  • Pruning shears
  • Insecticide
  • Fungicide

References

  • Floridata: Lilium Hybrids
  • Backyard Gardener: Lilium (Star Gazer Lily)
  • North Carolina State University: Lilium
  • Fine Gardening: Lilium 'Star Gazer' (Lily)
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Annita Lawson has been working as a freelance writer since 2004. Her work has been published in various web and print outlets, including The Dabbling Mum, A Virtuous Woman, and Pediatrics for Parents. Lawson is pursuing an Associate of Arts degree at Southeast Kentucky Community College. She enjoys sharing all that she has learned about parenting, healthy eating and living a frugal lifestyle.