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with a blush of pink, grows four to six
feet tall, resembles the form of the Easter
Growing Lilies in the Garden
Lilies have been treasured for over
three thousand years, gracing gardens in
countless regions around the world and
enchanting hunters and gatherers as they
traveled. By experimenting with various
types of lilies, gardeners can take pride
in the knowledge that it is a continuation
of a tradition that extends back to nearly
1000 B.C.
Plant your bulbs in full sun and in
well-draining soil (amend the soil
with compost or sand to improve the
drainage). Dig the holes and set the bulbs
four inches apart and four inches deep.
Lilies are tall and narrow so plant in
clusters of six or seven for more impact,
and remember the pointed end goes up.
Water generously, taking care to
settle the soil well around the bulb.
Supplement with water-soluble fertilizer
in the fall to promote new roots, larger
blooms and dynamic growth. The foliage
may be cut back and removed once it
turns yellow in color signaling the onset
of the dormancy period. Bulbs prefer dry
conditions while dormant.
Cutting the blooms for arrangements
when in bloom will not harm the plants
but adding a little extra fertilizer later
will help to provide energy and vitality
for next season. Remove the spent
Throughout the ages, the lily
flower has been utilized in herbal
remedies for the treatment of
leprosy, conjunctivitis, strokes, and
angina; there were even advocates
of its use in the regulation of the
heartbeat, stating that the heart
will function more efficiently and
Herbal antidotes include a therapy
for constipation or water retention,
and it has been reported that an
ointment created of a mixture of
lily roots and flowers may be useful
for treating spider bites, burns,
open sores or wounds, and the
prevention of scar tissue.
Purportedly, in some areas of the
world, a tea of the root lily variety
has been consumed for relief
of coughs, fevers, and stomach
disorders as well as ulcers and
inflammations of unknown origin.
One should assume that with such
a wide ranging list of advantages in
the use of the lily as a cure for any
of the above medical challenges,
the consultation of a professional
would be necessary. Do not attempt
a self-conceived therapy of your
blooms but do not cut off the stalk as it
provides the bulb with nutrients through
photosynthesis; continue to water in your
regular garden routine.
Pots, tubs, and containers can become
a striking and charming statement
with a delightful assortment of lilies,
complemented by low-growing oxalis
or flowing potato vine as partners. Fill
your container with a good commercial
potting soil, set it in full sun, and take
care to provide adequate drainage holes;
the bulbs will rot in waterlogged soil.
Special Note:
Like many garden plants,
a broad range of lilies can be considered
poisonous and may produce negative
reactions in both pets and humans.
The sap may cause skin irritation and
some toxic chemicals can be found in all
parts of the flower. Lilies are particularly
dangerous to cats and if ingested can
cause kidney failure. If a negative reaction
is suspected, call poison control.
Suggested Health
tiger lily
ixed lilies
oriental hybrid lily
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