How to Grow Lily-of-the-Valley (Convallaria Majalis)

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To grow Lily-of-the-Valley, also known as convallaria majalis, plant the bulb in a partially shady place with plenty of moisture. Grow Lily-of-the-Valley with tips from a professional gardener in this free video on gardening. View Video Transcript

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Yolonda Vanveen

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Hi this is Yolonda Vanveen from vanveenbulbs.com and now we are going to learn about how to plant Lily-of-the-Valley bulbs which is pretty easy. So Lily-of-the-Valley are just a set of roots and they have little pips so it is really all about the pips that is going to make it grow. So on each side where there was a stem last year if you peel it away you'll see that there is a really little pip and that is what is going to make the growth for next year so that I need to plant about three inches deep in a shady spot but not too much shade. If there is weeds growing or ferns or hostas growing, Lily-of-the-Valley will grow. If you have got nothing in that area because you never water it or it is just too deep a shade or it is full of moss then you are not going to get Lily-of-the-Valley to grow either. They'll grow in a container or the ground really easily. They are such a tough plant but you never let them dry out. You can plant them any time of the year just keep that ground moist. So I have got my nice little shade garden area and it is actually, I am creating a moon garden as well so I'm trying to get all white flowers, shade flowers in here so Lily-of-the-Valley is going to be just perfect. So when I plant it I am going to dig and kind of loosen up the dirt around it so that it is not just, it is a hard dirt and you want to make sure it is kind of broken up and I want to plant them about three inches deep so I'm going to dig down a little ways. It doesn't have to be real deep and then I'm kind of just, it doesn't have to be exact. I'm just kind of placing them underneath and there is not really an up or down because I have noticed they'll work their way up from any direction but once I have a good wad of roots too. I have found that one by itself takes a lot of years to really get going but three or five or more and they'll do really well quicker so then just kind of spread it back underneath. I'm not taking a measuring stick I don't know exactly that it is three inches deep. I'm just setting them in there, another trick is just step them in there just because I have noticed some time they'll pull back easier if I don't step them down and the ground is pretty wet so I really don't need to water right now. I watered well yesterday. I'll just water them the next time I water this area and they'll get right on schedule. I don't think I'll see anything from them until April of next year. They'll come out and bloom in May and June. So even though I have planted them in the Fall or late Summer, I'm not going to see them until late Spring. But that's o'kay with me. I know they're there and they're going to keep multiplying while I wait.