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Lilies are easy to grow and provide great summer color for your landscape, containers, garden beds and borders. Lilies are great for cut flower arrangements and bouquets and attract hummingbirds to your garden! Lilies are among the most stately of all bulbous plants. They are winter hardy in most areas and will return and bloom for many years. Lilies are ideal for planting under trees and among shrubs.
About this Variety
Lily Empoli, is known for its extremely tall stems and huge, fragrant blooms. It produces rose-red blooms with a yellow star in the center. Its maximum height is normally reached in its third year of growth.
- Returns and blooms year after year in most hardy zones
- Perfect for garden beds and borders
- Beautiful, fragrant, showy blooms
- Excellent for bouquets and cut flower arrangements
- Easy to grow
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Grows 36-72" tall
Plant 4-6" apart, 4-6" deep
Grow as Perennial in zones 4-9. Grow as Annual elsewhere.
Lilies like cool roots and should be grown in partial or filtered sun. Lilies prefer to be planted in moist yet well draining soil. Soil preparation: The ideal soil is porous and drains well and yet still holds enough water for the roots. If your soil is heavy clay and drains slowly, or very sandy and does not hold water, add organic soil amendments (peat moss or ground bark). Spread a 3-4" layer of soil amendment, add fertilizer and incorporate together into the soil to a depth of 10". To plant: Dig a hole 4-6" deep in a full sun to partially shaded area, in a well drained location. Place the lily bulbs pointed ends up and space 4-6" apart. Cover with soil. Water thoroughly at planting. While actively growing, water frequently and thoroughly so that the water will reach the roots. Mulch to keep the soil cool and to prevent the soil from drying out. Do not allow the roots to dry out. Mass planting: When planting a large quantity of lily bulbs in one bed, excavate the entire area to 3-6" deep, work fertilizer into the bottom of the trench, set out the bulbs and then cover the bulbs all at once. Apply fertilizer before and after flowering. Cover with frost protective material during the winter months.
Plant lilies as soon as possible after you purchase them. If you must wait, your lily bulbs should be refrigerated to slow their growth. When cutting the flowers for bouquets, remove no more than one-third of the stem so that enough leaves remain to renew the bulb for the coming year.