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Our best advice for planting lilies

The best time to plant lilies is in spring between March and May. At this time, many garden centres and DIY stores stock a wide variety of young plants and flower bulbs.

Lilies like a lot of sun but not direct sunlight. Therefore, you should place the flowerpot in partial shade. The soil in the plant pots should be loose and permeable. Ensure that the holes in which the lily bulbs are placed are twice as deep as the diameter of the bulb. If you buy young nursery lilies, simply place the bale in the soil of the flowerpot and cover it with soil.

After planting, they require little care. But you should not forget to water them. However, always avoid watering too much. Depending on the variety, the lily flowers themselves grow 60 to 140 cm tall. Lily varieties which grow tall are unsuitable for pots. For pot plants, you should choose lily varieties which do not grow taller than 60 70 cm. Popular, small tub varieties include Mona Lisa or Cordelia lilies. The flowering period of lilies is from June onwards. Always cut off withered petals immediately, so that no seeds form which would cost the plant unnecessary energy.

Lilies are also very good for planting in the garden. The soil should also be loose. Keep a distance of 25 cm to the next lily here. If you wish to extend the blossoming period, you should plant the bulbs in the soil in stages. Then they flower consecutively and not simultaneously. Then you have a colourful picture of lilies all summer. After they have finished flowering, first only cut the petals off. Only when the stalks and leaves wither and turn brown should the lily be cut off above the earth. Covered with brushwood or other protection against the cold, lilies can even survive harsh winters in the bed.

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