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How to Grow Lilies

To grow lilies at home, you have to know how to grow lilies depending on their particular variety and the most suitable locations for planting them.

When you know these two important factors, it will be easier to proceed with the other procedures in learning how to grow lilies at home.

Different Varieties of Lilies to Choose From

A lot of the more commonly known true lilies that are grown in many locations are hybrids bearing nine different flower divisions.

Here are the different divisions: Division I holds the Asiatic Hybrids. Division II has the Martagon Hybrids or Turk’s Cap.

Division III is called the Candidum Hybrid. Division IV holds the American Hybrids. In Division V, you can find the Longiflorum Hybrids. The Trumpet and Aurelian Hybrids belong to Division VI.

Division VII holds the Oriental Hybrid types. All the other hybrids of lilies fall in Division VIII. Division IX holds all the true species.

The most commonly grown among these divisions and hybrids include the Turk’s Cap or the Martagon in Division II which are smaller than others and can handle the shade than other hybrids, the Asiatic Hybrids in Division I which are the easiest lilies to grow, the Oriental Hybrids in Division VII which are known to have a very intense fragrance, and the Aurelian Hybrids or the Trumpet which can be found in Division VI which also produce a strong flowery scent.

Suitable Locations for the Particular Types of Lilies You May Choose

You may plant the lilies belonging to the first and second divisions if you are located in USDA zones three and eight.

If you live somewhere in the USDA zones of four to eight, it would be better to stick to the particular hybrids in the third to nine divisions.

However, you can also choose to grow lilies if you are located in USDA zones of nine to ten provided that you give your hybrids a timeframe for cooling or refrigeration.

Other Important Procedures in Planting Lilies

What about the sun exposure? It may also depend on the variety you would be planting. A full sun to partial shade is the usual recommended sun exposure for the different hybrids. But do not provide it with too much shade.

Aside from that, you may need to use acidic soil bearing 6.5 pH and keep it well-drained.

Just like the other factors in growing lilies, the time for having blooms also differs from one variety to the next.

There are some lilies that bloom during late spring, and others at different times. If you want the easiest and quickest to bloom, choose the Asiatics.

The ones next in line for easy bloomers also include the Oriental, Trumpet, and Turk’s Cap.

So if you want to learn how to grow lilies, remember that there are certain varieties that you need to consider which would prefer various planting seasons and locations, and have different bloom periods.

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