How to Plant Trumpet Lilies


Planting trumpet lilies is a quick and easy way to spice up any garden. These stately flowers are relatively easy to care for and can stand at impressive heights of up to six feet tall. Additionally, their trademark trumpet-shaped blossoms are highly fragrant and come in a wide variety of colors and sizes sure to add a flair of dramatic beauty to your garden.

Step 1

Select healthy, undamaged bulbs. Healthy bulbs are plump with undamaged scales and dense roots. Trumpet lily bulbs may be purchased during lily planting season in the early spring or late fall. Although bulbs may be planted any time before the ground freezes, the "Reader's Digest Illustrated Guide to Gardening" suggests planting in the late fall.

Step 2

Choose a sunny location with good drainage. Trumpet lilies prefer full sunlight or light shade and tend to grow best in slightly acidic soil. According to the "Readers Digest Guide," wet bulbs run the risk of growing fungus, so be sure that the soil allows for water to drain. Planting your bulbs on a gentle slope or mixing in coarse sand can ensure proper drainage.

Step 3

Prepare your garden bed by loosening the soil with a trowel, tiller, or garden fork. The National Gardening Association suggests digging down to a depth of about 12 to 15 inches. Mix this soil with about two to four inches of compost, and add super-phosphate fertilizer according to the instructions on the package.

Step 4

Plant your trumpet lily bulbs at a depth of around six inches so that the top will be about four inches below the surface of the soil. Ensure that you place the bulbs with the pointed side facing upward and the roots facing down. Maintain a space of eight to 18 inches between each bulb.

Step 5

Cover your bulbs with soil and gently pat it down. Follow up with a thorough watering that saturates the soil to ensure that the moisture reaches the bulbs. Maintain soil moisture through continual watering until the ground freezes.

Step 6

Spread a two-inch layer of mulch over the area to hold in moisture and prevent the ground from freezing.

Things You'll Need

  • Organic mulch
  • Compost
  • Garden tools
  • Super-phosphate fertilizer
  • Hose or watering can


  • National Gardening Association: Plant Care Guides--Lilies
  • "Reader's Digest Illustrated Guide to Gardening"; 1978
  • HGTV: Lily
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Molly Cramer is a graduate of the Grand Valley State Honors College with a degree in writing and East Asian studies. As an experienced freelance writer and editor, she has written on a variety of subjects with special emphasis on early childhood development and travel and life abroad. Her articles on modern Japanese music and underground culture have been featured at Nippon Project.

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