How to Grow the Beautiful Asiatic Lily

How to Grow the Beautiful Asiatic Lily

Lilies are such beautiful flowers. They are just lovely in gardens and in bouquets alike. In fact, I had some very beautiful lilies in my wedding bouquet, and I think they about stole the whole show compared to other flowers!

This article will showcase these flowers in particular, as I have run across several in my life. These are a few I was able to capture with the camera. I will also share some basic information about these lovely flowers and how to grow them. I hope you enjoy!

Potted Lilies Make a Great Gift!

One of the little boys that were in my cub scout den gave this to me at the end of the school year one year. I thought it was so beautiful, and each bloom brought new joy.

Information About Asiatic Lilies

Asiatic lilies are bulbous perennials, so they will come back year after year with some basic care. They can be tall, but there are several varieties. There is a huge range of lilies in general, and even with this specific kind of lily there is a large variety as you can see by these pictures. The botanical name is Lilium.

No matter what the lily, most are treated generally the same. That said, you want to follow the instructions that come with your lily when you purchase one. The best way to pick lilies for your own garden is to go with what you like, or what works for your garden space. You want to consider the amount of light as well.

Lilies bloom for about 4 to 6 weeks approximately. Depending on the variety, they can start blooming in June, July or August. You will find lily bulbs in stores in the springtime. They can be found in garden centers and by mail-order catalogues.

The lilies are dug up after flowering, and after the foliage has matured as well. This allows enough time for them to be the least "stressed" for a big move. They are then sold immediately or put into cold storage for the following spring.

One thing to keep in mind is that these bulbs aren't dormant when they are dug up. Nor at any time in their cycle. So this is the reason they need to be kept chilled. It is probably best to plant them immediately if possible when digging up your own. Many people do this in the month of August. To fellow nature lovers and gardeners, it would make such a nice little gift, though it won't look like much at this stage!

Once you get them into the grown in a spot you think they will like, they will live a long time and be dependable. I forgot once, that I threw some bulbs into a large pot in my back yard on a little porch. I truly forgot about them and got so busy. Do you know that they grew to be about 5 feet tall and produced some of the most amazing lilies? I wish I had some pictures of them to show here, they were simply stunning. They are pretty tough even when neglected sometimes.

The Best Site for Planting a Lily

I have had lilies grow well in many locations, but there are some that are better than others. If you are going to the effort to plant them anyway, make your effort really count to make your lilies the happiest they can be.

Ideally, you want the foliage of your lilies to receive full to half of the day sunlight, while the roots stay shaded and cool. This may sound like a strange setup, but it really works. I remember planting some bulbs in and among some other plants, and I didn't think they would be too crowded. Turns out they grew fairly close together, but provided for this exact situation described. They have come back faithfully year after year with no effort at all. I simply need to dig them up one of these years to separate them out and share some.

You want the soil to be well prepared with somewhat rich soil that won't quickly become depleted of nutrients. You will want the soil to not remain soggy but to have adequate drainage.

When planting these flowers, you want to plant them at least 9 to 15 inches apart. They will grow and spread. They ought to be planted about 6-8 inches deep, generally speaking. This will allow them room to grow and spread out.

Dividing and Fertilizing Your Lilies

The best thing to do is to get into a habit of dividing your lilies every year. It is a good general rule and will provide you with many happy flowers year after year. If you leave them in place too long, the flowering and growth of the lilies will naturally decline. If you have waited a long time, and you see such a decline, it is probably overdue.

You can divide your lilies after they flower, but before the leaves turn yellow. For newer lilies, it may take even a year or two for them to put out their first flowers. This has happened to me, and I thought I did something wrong. With some patience, you will see some beautiful flowers in time!

Some recommend that even if you don't divide your lilies, they can benefit from being fertilized some. I have heard of people doing a dusting of a 5-10-10 fertilizer in the spring. I use a liquid fertilizer that is diluted with water and meant for flowers in general. This may be wrong, but I have had good luck with my lilies. I can tell however, it is time to dig them up and divide them as it has been a very long time since I have! I want them to come back year after year, and be able to share them as well.

Staking Your Lilies If Needed

Sometimes you will get a variety that is very happy where it is and grows very tall. The last thing you want is for the lilies to come crashing down under their own weight. If you need to stake your lilies, and generally varieties that grow 18 inches or taller will need this, then one stake will do the trick. When you do stake your flower, make sure to put the stake a fair distance from the bulb underground to not harm it. Three inches away is pretty good, to be safe Some gardeners do this when the plant reaches about a half of the expected height. Anytime is a good time however, once you realize you need the stake.

I have found there is no need to spend a lot of money on stakes. I have used sticks for this purpose, which is basically what some of the ones you purchase often turn out to be. It keeps a more natural look as well. If you have ever grown your own lilies or other favorite flowers, I would love to hear about them below if you care to share. Happy gardening!

Lilies: A Poll

© 2014 Paula

Paula (author) from The Midwest, USA on April 24, 2018:

Hello Mary, I bet they are so beautiful at your residence there. Thank you for commenting on these lilies. I just love them.

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on March 30, 2018:

I love these lilies. In our assignments in Asia, we have these lilies in our residence and they never fail to lift up my days.

Paula (author) from The Midwest, USA on February 22, 2015:

Hello and thank you so much Blackspaniel. I am glad you stopped by and commented. I love these lilies and think they have such an impact in the garden and in bouquets.

Blackspaniel1 on February 18, 2015:

Beautiful images of some very nice plants.

Paula (author) from The Midwest, USA on August 22, 2014:

Hello Favored, I hear you when you say that you would like the different colors for your garden, as I do too! I wish I could have them all. Thank you for your comment, I appreciate it.

Fay Favored from USA on August 22, 2014:

These are so beautiful. Every time I see a new color I want it for my garden. Your photography captures the elegance of these flowers.

Paula (author) from The Midwest, USA on April 03, 2014:

Hello Twilight Dream, thank you for your encouragement to keep writing, and also for the congratulations and comment. We are just getting some evidences of the lilies getting ready to emerge here after a long winter. I am sure they will be as beautiful as ever this spring. Thank you for your visit and kind words.

Kingbell from Chennai, India on April 02, 2014:

First accept my congrats for 'Grand prize winner' acclode for this hub! Orange lily with glowing buds here is very attractive! Beautiful hub on Lilies! Your way of answering each and every comment is really superb. Keep writing!

Paula (author) from The Midwest, USA on March 15, 2014:

Hello, and I am so glad you liked the lily pictures! The site you saw in Hong Kong with the white Casablanca lilies sounds absolutely beautiful! I would love to see something like that one day. There is something special about all white lilies to me though, and the fragrance of some are just out of this world.

Thank you for taking the time to read and comment here, I appreciate it.

ALL4JESUS from USA on March 15, 2014:

These flowers are glorious! And the the scent of some will serve to have your neighbors envious! I didn't know that the bulbs did not go dormant. I find I must be careful and have good soil that drains well.

One of the most miraculous sites I have ever seen was when I was in Hong Kong and they had massive Casablanca lilies throughout the Hotel Peninsula. It gave me a new appreciation for the white lily.

Paula (author) from The Midwest, USA on March 13, 2014:

Hello Timorous, thank you so much. I agree, that number of varieties of lilies seem almost endless, there are so many. It does sound like I will have to stop by your hubs, as I love flowers. Day lilies are nice too, and I have a few of those. Thank you for your comment and visit!

Paula (author) from The Midwest, USA on March 13, 2014:

MizBejabbers, thank you! As for soil, sometimes it takes a couple of tries, but when it takes it really does! I hope that you do give the lilies another try, and that they really thrive for you. The Spider lily collection lining the rooftop sounds amazing, I wish I could see it! Those are some very beautiful flowers, that is for sure. Thanks for your comments and kind words and congratulations, I really appreciate it!

Paula (author) from The Midwest, USA on March 13, 2014:

Flourish, I love the yellow ones also, and I am glad you liked the hub. Thank you for your congratulations, I was so excited to hear the news! I appreciate you stopping by and commenting, thank you!

Tim Nichol from Me to You on March 13, 2014:

Lovely lily photos, and congrats on your HubPot award. I too love lilies. There's so many differernt varieties. My mum had a few Asiatic lilies in her backyard, as well as a few daylillies. You may be interested in some of my flower hubs. There is one which features one of the Asiatic lilies from her garden.

Doris James MizBejabbers from Beautiful South on March 13, 2014:

The photos of your lilies are just stunning! I love lilies and brought home some old fashioned tiger lilies from my mother's, but I think my soil was too poor where I planted them. You have some good tips, so maybe I'll try them. My favorite is my spider lily collection lining the rooftop of my underground house. Congratulations on your win, you deserve it!

FlourishAnyway from USA on March 13, 2014:

... and your win for the week! Great job!

FlourishAnyway from USA on March 13, 2014:

This was a beautiful hub with good information. I especially like the buttery yellow ones. Congratulations on your HubPot win for the day!

Paula (author) from The Midwest, USA on March 13, 2014:

Hello Avorodisa, I think they are beautiful also. and love they have the history they do. I had not thought about the fragrance of the lilies in a vase in the house, but you are right that if they have a strong fragrance, it would be something to consider. We used to have an Easter lily that was gorgeous, and if you smelled it up close, it smelled so beautiful and sweet. I am sure there are different ones that have different smells though too! The other thing to consider before bringing them in for a vase, I think is to look out for the stamens with the powdery substance that falls off of them at time. If you were to have a tablecloth or something, it could be a problem.

I appreciate you stopping by and leaving a comment, thank you!

Anna Sidorova from Russia on March 12, 2014:

Lilies are beautiful. They are gardens' adornment since ancient times. But I'd be careful about placing a lily in a vase at home, because its smell can be overwhelming.

Paula (author) from The Midwest, USA on March 12, 2014:

Hello Stephanie, so glad to know others love lilies too! So glad you enjoyed the hub, and I so appreciate your visit and kind comment here. Thank you! Aloha, Paula :)

Stephanie Launiu from Hawai'i on March 12, 2014:

Thank you for the beautiful hub. I just love lilies, and your hub reminded me of why. And congratulations on winning the Hub contest this week. You deserve it! Aloha, Stephanie

Paula (author) from The Midwest, USA on March 12, 2014:

Parrster, thank you very much! I was so surprised and thrilled to see that, it truly blows me away and made my day! Glad you stopped by and thanks for the kind words. I appreciate it so much.

Richard Parr from Australia on March 12, 2014:

Congratulations on your achievement in the Hubpot challenge. Your Hub is a deserving example of such an accolade. Nicely done!

Paula (author) from The Midwest, USA on March 12, 2014:

Hi Christin, Happy to find another person who loves lilies! That is so sweet of your husband, and I bet the bouquet was gorgeous! I hope you will try growing some on your own, as they are very rewarding to grow and almost too easy. Thanks so much for stopping by and looking at my pictures and leaving a comment.

Christin Sander from Midwest on March 12, 2014:

Beautiful! I absolutely adore lilies. My hubby brought me a huge bunch of them instead of roses on Valentine's day. He remembers how much I always love the tiger lilies that grow wild in our area in the fall. That was so sweet. I'd love to grow some and your hub has inspired me to try it :)

Paula (author) from The Midwest, USA on March 08, 2014:

Thanks StoneCircle, so glad you enjoyed it. I hear you about garden pests, and I'm not as familiar with the red lily bug as some others. Glad you stopped by to read and thanks for the thumbs up and pin! It is much appreciated.

Susan McLeish from Rindge, NH on March 08, 2014:

Great photos of the lilies. Enjoyed the dividing section. I never knew! Them again I tend to shy away from the Asiatic lilies due to the dreaded red lily bug. They seem to enjoy the view in my garden. Thumbs up and pinned.

Paula (author) from The Midwest, USA on March 06, 2014:

Hello Phyllis, Your sister's gardens sound amazing! I have seen some really nice desert gardens, and I am sure you do miss them. There is something very special about strolling through gardens like you mention, I love that too. Its great to hear that she is building up her new collection.

I really appreciate your very kind words, thank you so much. It makes me so happy you enjoyed the lilies!

Phyllis Doyle Burns from High desert of Nevada. on March 06, 2014:

OMGosh this is a wonderful hub full of tips, helpful information and beautiful photos. You lilies are gorgeous ! I used to drive out to my sister's home further out in the desert just to stroll through her gardens. She had some of the most beautiful lilies. When she moved closer to town, we both really missed the lilies. She has been building up on her new collection though. Thank you for such a lovely hub. AND congratulations on the grand win in the contest. Well done.

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