How to Plant Potted Lilies Outdoors

Lilies make excellent outdoor plants if they are rated hardy in your climate. Easter, peace, oriental or another lily cultivator -- it doesn't matter -- plant potted lilies outdoors after the final spring frost of the season, or in the fall, about six weeks before the first frost. In well-drained soil, with enough sunlight and adequate moisture, they should bloom in subsequent years and may possibly multiply to more plant than you ever expected.

Things You'll Need

  • Shovel or tiller
  • Organic matter
  • Trowel
  • Mulch


    • 1

      Acclimate your indoor potted lily outdoors before transplanting it. Set it on a porch or another partially shaded location for a two or three hours and bring it back indoors. The next day, leave it outdoors for an hour or two longer. In about seven to 10 days, your plant will be ready for the outdoors and shock will be minimized.

    • 2

      Water the potted lily well the day before the transplant. This will get it hydrated before the big move.

    • 3

      Prepare a sunny spot in your garden for your potted lily. Turn over or till an area that is two times a large as the lily's pot and mix in about 25 percent organic matter, such as compost. If you have clay soil, mix in an additional 25 percent coarse sand.

    • 4

      Dig a hole that equals the same depth as the lily's current pot. If your soil is high in clay, dig the hole 1 to 2 inches shallower so the crown is planted above the soil line. Space multiple plants about 1 to 3 feet apart, depending on the lily variety.

    • 5

      Remove the lily from of the pot. Turn it over and tap the sides to help loosen the soil from the container. You don't have to remove the soil.

    • 6

      Plant the lily in the hole, backfill the soil and pack it down lightly. In clay soil, form a gentle slope around the plant toward ground level so the excess water drains off.

    • 7

      Water your lily with 1 inch of water and lay 2 to 3 inches of mulch around your plant. Leaves, wood chips and shredded bark work well.

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