Burgundy lilies are really members of the tulip family. Their botanical name is Tulipa Burgundy. Burgundy lilies are one of the most reliable varieties of tulips and will re-emerge year after year, if grown in the proper location. They will grow best in USDA Zones 3 to 8, where the summers are hot and dry and the winters are cold. Their mildly fragrant urn-shaped flowers and easy care make burgundy lilies a sought-after addition to the garden.
Amend the planting site with cow manure or compost before planting burgundy lily bulbs.
Grow burgundy lilies in an area of the garden that receives full sunlight and where the soil drains very well.
Pull weeds and other vegetation out by hand so the burgundy lilies do not have to compete with their growth.
Apply a fresh application of cow manure or compost to the topsoil every spring where the lilies are growing. Water the organic material.
Apply a slow-release fertilizer such as a 9-9-6 to the planting site in spring. Water the bulbs after applying the fertilizer.
Water the planting site to keep it moist, but not flooded. Burgundy lily bulbs will rot if left to live in soil that is soggy and retains water.
Allow the foliage to die back naturally once the plants have stopped blooming. Do not mow or trim the foliage to the ground before it has completely withered.
Use a shovel to dig up the burgundy lily bulbs approximately every five years to relieve crowding. Wait until the foliage has completely died and lift the bulbs from the ground. Amend the soil with organic material and replant the bulbs, spacing them 5 inches apart and planting them 6 inches deep.