When to plant lilies?
Lilies - one of the most beautiful flowers, but requiring a certain care. These flowers do not differ in frost resistance, therefore many gardeners often argue when to plant lilies so that they will take root well. It should be immediately noted that the spring and autumn plantings have their advantages and disadvantages, which we will consider in this article.
Features of the autumn planting
Many gardeners agree that it is better to plant lilies in the autumn, while you can do it in the first days of September and before the first days of October. It is believed that the root system of the bulbs planted in autumn will have time to properly develop and grow stronger. This is what will allow to transfer the possible cooling of grown plants in the spring. And in cases where after the landing itself the frosts began and the temperature suddenly dropped, you can cover the bulbs for the winter early.
It is necessary to consider to begin with how lilies grow in natural conditions, that is, in nature. So, we have already noted that this species is not frost resistant. Plants spend the cold season under the guise of fallen leaves and snow drifts.In the same way, lilies will better tolerate the winter in the garden under dry grass and snow.
At the end of the summer, the lily usually blooms, and its bulb begins to “rest.” After a few weeks, its roots grow back, and the bulb grows in size during the winter period to give a flowering bud in the spring. Therefore, most gardeners believe that it is better to plant lilies in the fall, so to speak, as nature itself requires. The same applies to the transplantation time, which you can read more about in our article When to Replant Lilies.
If the planting takes place during the resting period of the bulb, this will ensure its safe removal from the soil, and the planted bulb will root well during the winter period, which will lead to longevity of your plant. It is important to remember: it is impossible to plant onions with sprouts, because after planting they will immediately grow and will be doomed to death at the first frost. White, North American and Caucasian types of lilies should be planted in the fall.
Features of spring planting
Why is it considered that planting lilies in the spring is undesirable? Because often the onions, which were planted in the spring, are on the verge of death in the autumn period.This is due to the fact that the roots do not have enough time to get stronger and as a result can not cope with their task properly. Flowers and stem begin to feed from the bulb itself.
If you dig up a lily in the fall, you can see that its roots have become dark and many of them have died. Although in some cases during the autumn period the lily may still be viable and die in the winter.
Along with this, spring planting has its advantages. First, it is in the spring that many varieties can be purchased. And onion lilies, which were dug in the fall, can be stored in the refrigerator. So, at home, you can eliminate their freezing and soaking. However, it should be remembered that the time of planting depends largely on the particular variety. Many late-flowering lilies, for example, should be planted in the spring. Among them are Tibetan and tiger species, as well as Asian and Oriental hybrids, which are recommended to be planted with the first warming up of the soil.