How to Cultivate Stargazer Lilies


Stargazer lilies are a type of Oriental lily grown for their large cerise pink and white speckled flowers and distinctive spicy scent. Stargazers are true lilies and grow from underground bulbs that are planted in either the fall or spring and flower in mid to late summer. They thrive in full sun, rich, moist and slightly acidic soil and are shown to best effect when planted en masse in groups of five or more bulbs.

Step 1

Select a growing location that will afford your stargazer bulbs full sun and nutrient rich easy draining soil. Amend weak soil with compost or well aged manure to boost the fertility.

Step 2

Till up the soil to loosen it and plant the bulbs at intervals of 6 to 8 inches apart and 4 to 6 inches deep in the soil when measuring from the top of the bulb.

Step 3

Water in well at planting and maintain evenly light moist soil throughout the growing season.

Step 4

Feed your stargazer bulbs in the spring with a granular bulb fertilizer or high phosphorus complete fertilizer with a 5--10--10 formulation. Apply according to the label dosing directions.

Step 5

Mulch over stargazer bulbs in the late fall after the first frost with a 4- to 6-inch thick blanket of organic material such as compost, shredded bark or leaf mold. Uncover in the spring when the last frost has passed to make way for the young plant shoots.

Things You'll Need

  • Stargazer bulbs
  • Compost or aged manure
  • Hand trowel
  • Water
  • Bulb fertilizer
  • Organic mulch


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