Popular for cut flower arrangements and a favorite in wedding bouquets, stargazer lilies have beautiful raspberry pink to crimson star-shaped blooms. Reaching up to 8 inches across, these 2- to 3-foot tall beauties bloom midsummer through fall. Winter care is simple and will ensure blooms the following season.
Pinch off blooms below the seed pocket at the base of the trumpet as they begin to fade. This encourages the bulb to store energy for next season rather than expend it on seed production.
Leave the lily stalks and foliage to die naturally after the flowering season ends. The green foliage and stalk feeds the bulb for the next season's growth.
Cut stalks back to the ground once all foliage has turned brown and wilted completely, typically by late fall.
Apply a 4- to 6-inch layer of organic compost, such as pine bark, over new plantings of stargazer bulbs after the frosts set in. Bulbs will enter dormancy but must be protected during the cold weather. Mulch helps retain moisture and heat in the soil.
Leave established stargazer lily bulbs uncovered in subsequent winters if your area receives heavy snow fall. The snow acts as a natural mulch, providing the protection required.