Plant Lilies of the Valley in a shady spot for beautiful spring blossoms.
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Gardeners yearning for a bit of the past in a shady flower bed often include several Lily of the Valley plants. Lily of the Valley grows from rhizomes. These rhizomes have buds called "pips," from which the plant growth originates. Provide well-drained soil for your plants and you will have lovely white blooms every spring.
Select a shady growing location in early autumn. Work the soil to a depth of at least 1 foot and leave alone for 1 to 2 weeks. Work the soil again and add at least 1-inch of compost to the top of the soil. Work the compost in completely.
Open the packaging that contains the pips and peat moss. Add a small amount of warm water to moisten the peat and allow the pips to absorb the moisture for several hours before planting. Trim any green growth so that only approximately 1-inch of growth extends from the pips.
Dig holes for the pips with a trowel that are 6 inches apart. The holes should be shallow enough that the tops of the pips are slightly above the soil line. Space the plant rows 9 inches apart.
Water the newly planted pips well and keep the soil moist while the plants are establishing. Look for green growth within approximately one week.