Cultural Notes: Lilies
Plant the bulbs as soon as possible after arrival. If required, store in the coolest, frost free place possible.
Lilies like a rich soil and require good drainage. Bulbs will rot if sitting in water for any length of time. Work the soil to a depth of 8 inches and incorporate generous amounts of well rotted compost or manure.
Plant to a depth of 4 to 6 inches depending on the size of the bulb. ( General rule for most bulbs is approximately 3X the size of the bulb).
If soil is heavy or poorly drained, place a layer of sharp sand under bulbs.
Water the bulbs in after planting to ensure the soil settles in around the roots. They do not require much water but when you do water, water deeply enough to reach the roots. Do not allow them to stand in water.
A general garden fertilizer can be used (20-20-20) just before flowering and just after blooming to nourish the bulbs.
For growing in pots, use the same soil mixture and place bulb at least 3 inches deep in a 12 + inch deep well drained pot.
Bulbs can be wintered over in the pots if buried to the rim, filled with soil over the rim, ( To stop water laying on the top in spring ) and covered with at least 6 inches of mulch.
Lilies are easy to grow and are spectacular.