How to Plant Stargazer Lilies

Overview

A fragrant Oriental lily, the Stargazer has hot pink and white variegated petals. The flowers are trumpet-shaped and grow off tall stalks that can reach up to 3 feet in height. Stargazer lilies bloom from late summer to early fall. Plant lily bulbs either in the fall or in the spring; both fall-planted bulbs and spring-planted bulbs bloom at the same time. You may also find Stargazer lily transplants at garden centers; these can be planted at any time.

Step 1

Choose a site that offers your Stargazer lilies full sun. Less light makes the flowers grow spindly and leggy. The University of Minnesota advises planting Stargazer lilies in clusters of three to five.

Step 2

Dig holes for your lily bulbs that are twice as wide as the bulb and 2 to 4 inches deep (for small bulbs) or 4 to 6 inches deep (for large bulbs). If you're using Stargazer lily transplants, make holes twice as wide and just as deep as the root ball. Remove the transplants from the container, and fluff the root ball with your hands to break it apart.

Step 3

Place one lily bulb or one lily transplant in each hole. Plant bulbs so the pointy side faces up. Cover over the bulb or plant root ball with soil.

Step 4

Water your bulbs or lily transplants until the soil becomes saturated with water.

Things You'll Need

  • Shovel
  • Stargazer lily bulbs (optional)
  • Stargazer lily transplants (optional)
  • Water

References

  • University of Minnesota: Selecting Lilies for Your Garden
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