Tiger lilies are a popular breed of lilies.
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Lilies are beautiful perennials that generally bloom from spring until fall. They are a nice addition to most gardens and make nice borders for sidewalks, porches and other areas of a yard. There are a variety of lilies, but essentially, they all need the same care to grow. However, read over the instructions that come with your bulbs for any specific directions.
Plant lily bulbs as soon as they arrive, as long as the ground is not frozen. If so, store them in a poly bag, available at most garden centers, and store them in a dark, dry cool place, such as the garage and even the refrigerator.
Select an area that receives full sun to partial shade. Lilies need at least six to eight hours of sunlight to thrive. The soil should be well-draining, so add some compost, sand or peat moss to light your soil, if necessary.
Plant lily bulbs about 4 to 6 inches deep with the point sticking up. Plant bulbs at least 6 inches a part.
Water your lilies well, especially while they are flowering. Fertilizing is generally not necessary, but if desired, use a balanced fertilizer (20-20-20) that is labeled for bulb plants. Follow label directions because each fertilizer has different strengths and release rates.
Let the foliage turn brown before cutting back. This will allow maximum sun exposure and will give the bulb much needed food and nutrients for next year's blooms.
Mulch over your lilies during the winter, especially in cold climates. In addition, you can mulch to better retain moisture after waterings.