How to Plant My Lily Outside


Do you have a lily container plant indoors that you wish to move outside? Lilies grow best outdoors in Zone 5 and above. Between the middle of September until the middle of October is the ideal time to transplant your lily outside to a partial sun, well-drained location. Lilies can grow between 2 to 5 feet in height and display beautiful clusters of flowers which bloom between June and August.

Things You'll Need

  • Lily in container
  • Gardening gloves
  • Small garden trowel
  • Organically-rich potting soil
  • Peat moss
  • Mulch
  • Measuring cup
  • Water
  • Garden stakes
  • Garden stake ties
  • Allow the soil in the lily plant container to dry for a week prior to moving it outside. This will make it easier to remove the lily from the container without damaging the bulb and the roots.

  • Pick a partial-sun location in which to plant your lily. Remove all the weeds, leaves and any debris from the area. Allow 8 inches of spacing between individual lily bulbs. Most containers contain a minimum of two bulbs.

  • Dig a 10-inch hole several inches around in the location you selected. Mix 1 part peat moss to 4 parts organically-rich potting soil. Fill the hole 3 inches with the mixture. Pour 1 cup of warm tap water in the hole. Repeat for a second hole.

  • Take the lily container outside to the planting location. Use a garden trowel to loosen the dirt in the container pot. Turn the pot upside down into the palm of your hand. Lightly grasp the lily plant and give it a slight tug. It should easily come out of the container.

  • Set the lily container aside.

  • Examine the removed lily. Separate the plants and bulbs by gently pulling them apart. Lay the bulbs on the ground.

  • Pick up the first lily plant by the stem. Place the bulb end down into the hole. Fill the hole with the potting soil mixture and lightly tap the dirt into place.

  • Place a garden stake near the lily plant. Tie it loosely to the stem to support the lily plant.

  • Repeat steps 7 and 8 with each bulb. If there were more than 2 bulbs in the container, you will need to prepare the appropriate number of additional holes.

  • Place 2 inches of mulch at the base of each lily plant. Water thoroughly.

Tips & Warnings

  • Lilies can be fertilized with high-phosphorus fertilizer during the growing and blooming season. Remove dead blooms and lower leaves in November while the lily is dormant. Cover lily plants with recycled paper grocery bags if there is a chance of frost or snow in your area.
  • Avoid getting fertilizer directly on the lily stems and leaves to prevent plant burn. Never leave lily bulbs in standing water or root rot will result.

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