How to Grow Stargazer Lilies

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Stargazer lilies are best grown in mountainous areas that have good composted soil, healthy drainage, lots of humidity and a strong rainy season. See why stargazers grow so well in the Pacific Northwestern region with helpful tips from a sustainable... View Video Transcript

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Yolanda Vanveen

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Hi this is Yolanda Vanveen from vanveenbulbs.com and in this segment we are going to talk about how to grow Stargazer lilies, one of my favorite lilies in the world. Now in order to know how to grow them let's find out where they are native. Now stargazer was crossed from some native bulbs from lilies that grow in Japan and China so they like really nice mountainous areas, good composted soil and good drainage and lots of humidity and moisture and rainy season. So the native lilies come from this area but the stargazer interestingly enough was hybridized in southern Oregon state in North America by a gentleman named Leslie Woodriff in 1966 so he crossed different types of lilies together and came up with the stargazer which is now the third most popular flower in the world. So it grows very well in the Pacific Northwest because of its very similar conditions to its native conditions of the mountains of China and Japan. Now the stargazer is very hardy. It can grow all the way up to Alaska and handle minus 30 degrees but yet if it gets a little bit colder sometimes they lose them but down in areas like San Diego or warmer climates they need a cool period in the Winter time so they will be an annual, they won't come back but by digging them up and putting the bulbs in a plastic bag for the Winter with some soil and putting them in the refrigerator for about three months and turning around and planting them you can even get them to grow in really warm climates. Now stargazer is related to cloves and onions, they're all related and you can see there is all the different cloves and you can separate the out and get lots of little plants but they're never going to bloom for a few years so my attitude is keep it together and wait for it to multiply on its own and never separate the babies until they're as big as the mommas and you can put them in the ground or you can put them in a container but it is as easy as just putting them in soil about three inches deep in sun or part shade and then that way they'll come up and bloom every Summer just beautifully. So I just have a container and I've got some gravel on the bottom and then it's about two thirds full of soil and I am putting it into the soil and then I'm just covering it about three inches with some good potting soil and you can put two or three in a pot as well. I just put one but a lot of times I'll put two or three because they just have a stem that comes up so they don't take a lot of room and they look good when they're crowded and keep it moist but never let it really sit in water because it can rot. Stargazers will do really well in almost any condition as long as they have enough light and they've got good drainage and good soil they'll come back every year and they multiply. So the trick too is once they are done blooming and they look ratty, so as soon as the blooms are done you can actually what's called topping it off, top it off because there is still green on these leaves, it's getting photosynthesis down to the bulbs, the bulbs are multiplying quicker and then as soon as these leaves turn brown you can chop it to the ground and you can just leave that pot to the side. Don't let it get too dry or too wet. Keep it moist but not too wet and then it will come back every year or you can put it right into the ground as if you live somewhere where there is a cold Winter especially they love cold climates and they'll come back every year and you'll have the most gorgeous stargazer blooms in your garden.