Understand Lily Bulbs

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Yolanda Vanveen

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Hi, I'm Yolanda Vanveen on behalf of Expert Village. Lilies are one of the prima donnas of the gardening world. They come back every summer and delight us with their color and their fragrance, and they make us really realize what gardening's all about. This is it! On a hot summer day, just sitting back and smelling your Casa Blancas blooming -- they're the highlight of any summer picnic party. Let's learn a little bit more about lilies. So, lilies are native to the Cascade mountain ranges of America, so a lot of the lilies that we find today in our gardens are descendants of those lilies. They've been crossed with fragrant lilies from Japan and China. So most lilies of the world either come from the west coast of America, or China, or Japan. Now lily bulbs look just like a garlic clove; in fact, garlic is really a lily. So, I wouldn't split it up when I plant it, just because it takes up to 7 years for one little clove to develop enough to become a mother plant that will bloom. Whereas, if you leave this one, every year a stalk will come out of the middle. This is a Casa Blanca lily bulb, it could be up to 5 feet, 6 feet tall with huge white blooms on it, great for a moon garden as well. And they just are beautiful, beautiful plants, and when planting them, they'll do great in containers or the yard, so I always plant them, like a large lily, maybe 1 or 3 in a pot, just because when they bloom, they get so big, and you don't want to push each other out. So I just kind of plant them about 3, 4, 5 inches deep, set it in sun or part shade. But I'm really getting to the point with my lilies when we're getting these hot 100-degree days, sometimes they'll get sunburned, so if you've got a place with a little bit of filtered shade or next to the fence where the sun hits in the afternoon and it doesn't quite shade that area, those are the ideal spots to put your lilies. That's a little bit of an overview about lilies. Join us in our next segment as we continue on the different types of lilies