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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
OT lilies (short for Oriental-Trumpet), also called Orienpet or OT hybrids are crosses between Oriental and Trumpet lilies which withstand rough weather, late frosts, are heat tolerant and do well in a variety of garden locations. They have the fragrance and shape of an Oriental lily with the strength and robustness of a trumpet type. The variety is also known by the name Silk Road. These colossal mammoth sized bulbs will produce taller and stronger plants the first year with more flowers. Perfect for those with busy lives with little time to wait.
- Over 20 blossoms per stalk
- Easy to grow in containers
- Lavish exotic color
- Excellent for bouquets and cut flower arrangements
- Flowers for 115 days
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Spring to Late Summer
Grows 36-60" 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.