About the Asiatic Lily

Overview

Asiatic lilies are among the most durable and easy-to-grow plants in the lily family. The hardy, popular flowers are very versatile and thrive in many different environments. The hybrid Asiatic lily is designed to bloom and spread quickly, and does not offer the same cloying scent as other varieties of the flower.

Identification

Asiatic lilies come in a variety of hues, including pink, purple, orange, yellow and cream. They can often be identified by the dark speckling that appears on their petals as they bloom. Asiatic lily plants reach anywhere from 2 to 5 feet in height, making them great for garden borders.

Planting

When planting Asiatic lilies there are very few special concerns to take into consideration. Well-drained soil is one of the few necessities: It's best the plant Asiatic lilies in raised beds to ensure the bulbs and roots do not become too damp. Plant Asiatic lily bulbs in September or October, before the ground freezes. Dig holes that are 4 to 6 inches deep and 3 to 5 feet apart. Place three to five bulbs in each hole, then cover them with soil. Bury the area in a 6-inch layer of mulch before the first freeze.

Soil Needs

Asiatic lilies should not require extra water or nutrients during the fall and winter, as long as they are planted in a well-drained area. Add organic matter to clay and sandy soils to aerate the dirt and supply vital nutrients that the soil may be missing.

Care

Asiatic lilies require no watering or fertilizing during the cold fall and winter months. In the spring, Asiatic lilies' care changes because they may need more nutrients than the soil can provide. Pull up the mulch as soon as danger of freezing has passed and treat the area with a phosphorus-rich, slow-release fertilizer. Asiatic lilies should be lightly watered daily after they begin to bloom in late May or early June. If the weather is wet, skip watering for the day.

Considerations

Asiatic lilies need to be planted in an area that receives full sunlight at least six to eight hours per day. The lilies do not require staking because their stems are thick and firm; if they begin to droop, this is a sign that the flowers are not receiving enough sunshine. There's not really a lot you can do about that issue, other than plant new bulbs in a sunnier area in the autumn. To get full benefit from the plants, you'll need to pay attention to their blooming cycle. Break off dead blooms at their base, leaving the stem and leaves attached to the plant, so that the Asiatic lilies don't pour energy into parts of the plant that no longer require it.

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Katie Leigh is a freelance writer and editor based in Chicago. A Loyola University New Orleans graduate with a Bachelor's degree in communications, Leigh has worked as a copy editor, page designer and reporter for several daily newspapers and specialty publications since 2005.