How to Plant Stargazer Lily Bulbs

Stargazer lilies have large fragrant blooms. image by Craig Jewell:


Stargazer lilies are fragrant flowers that bloom from July until September in USDA hardiness zones 4 to 9. Multiple stalks grow from each bulb and are often cut for fresh flower arrangements in the home. Stargazer lilies are in the Oriental lily family, but generally grow bigger and bloom later than other Oriental lilies. You can plant stargazer lilies in the fall or spring.

Step 1

Choose a location for your bulbs that receives full sun. They can endure some shade, especially afternoon shade in hot climates.

Step 2

Make sure the soil is well-drained and rich. Add some compost or peat moss if necessary.

Step 3

Dig a hole that is about three times deeper than the length of the bulb--usually 6 to 8 inches will suffice. Plant multiple bulbs 8 to 12 inches apart.

Step 4

Sprinkle 1 tsp. of bone meal on the bottom of each hole. Bone meal is available at your local home and garden store.

Step 5

Place the bulb in the hole with the point facing upward. Fill in the hole with soil. Water well.

Things You'll Need

  • Trowel
  • Peat moss or compost
  • Bone meal
  • Water


  • Iowa State University Extension
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Melissa Lewis is a former elementary classroom teacher and media specialist. She has also written for various online publications. Lewis holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the University of Maryland Baltimore County.

Photo by: Craig Jewell: