Facts About Growing Lilies

Have a question about growing Daylilies, Asiatic Lilies, Oriental Lilies, or Lily lane farm? Let us help!

On this page you will find answers to choosing, growing and caring for the various lily varieties and cultivars that we offer for sale.

If you need to know about optimal soil conditions, light requirements, climate zones for growing lilies, or which lily cultivar you should choose for that shady spot, you've come to the right place.

Tips For Growing Daylilies (Hemerocallis)

Are daylilies easy to grow?
Yes! Daylilies are one of the easiest perennials to grow and are perfect for landscaping, border planting, or as specimens in the garden. They are often called the "perfect perennial" because they are able to survive with very little care in a wide range of climate zones, are fairly drought tolerant, have relatively few pests and disease problems, and are adaptable to various soil and light conditions.

What colors are available for daylilies?
While there are no black, perfect white, or blue daylilies, they come in virtually every other color and shade! This make the daylily very versatile when choosing colors for landscaping plans, or garden color schemes.
Are daylilies hardy?
Yes! In general they can be grown anywhere in the continental U.S. and most lily species are reliably hardy as low as Zone 3. In extremely cold climates a 3-4 inch mulch over the plant will help protect it until spring.

Will daylilies grow in shade, or do they need full sun?
Daylilies are very adaptable to a wide variety of growing conditions, and in general like at least 6 hours of sun during the day. However, they will grow well in partial shade, but will usually produce less flowers than in full sun.
What are the best growing conditions for daylilies?
Daylilies are very versatile and will grow under almost any conditions except in heavy, soggy soil. Like most garden plants they will grow best in rich, moist soil. In general they like at least 6 hours of sun during the day to produce the maximum amount of flowers.
Are daylilies disease and pest resistent?
Yes! Under normal growing conditions daylilies are rarely affected by disease or garden pests.
How should I plant my daylily?
While daylilies are adaptable to many type of soil and light conditions they will perform best planted in rich, moist soil with at least 6 hours of sun a day. Plant the crown 2 inches below the surface of the soil and keep watered thoroughly for the first week or two to help them get established in the garden.

Tips For Growing Asiatic Lilies

Are Asiatic lilies easy to grow?
Yes! With a few basic planting requirements, Asiatic lilies are very easy to grow and require minimal care.

What Is The Best Time To Plant Asiatic Lilies?
The best time to plant Asiatic lilies is in the spring or fall, and will do best when planted as soon as possible after purchasing. However, in milder climates they can be planted anytime the ground is not frozen, or too wet.

Are Asiatic Lilies Hardy?
Yes, most Asiatic lilies are reliably hardy as low as Zone 3, which is -40 to -30 F.

How should I plant my Asiatic lily?
By choosing a well-drained location with at least half a day of sunshine your Asiatic lilies will thrive. The bulbs should be planted 4"-6" deep which will help keep the bulbs cool in hot weather. Loosen the soil a bit below the bulb level so that roots can develop easily. Lilies love full sun, as long as the bulbs are deep enough to keep cool when temperatures climb in the summer.

Will Asiatic lilies grow in shade?
While the Asiatics will grow in partial shade the stems will often stretch towards the sun producing leggier stems and could produce less flowers. In general lilies love plenty of sun, and perform best under those conditions.

How much water does my Asiatic lily require?
While Asiatic lilies do not like soggy soil they will do best if the soil is kept moist until they bloom. After they bloom they rarely require watering as long as the bulbs are planted deep enough so they do not dry out during hot weather.

Can I cut the stems of my lilies back after flowering?
You can remove the spent flowers off after blooming, which prevents seed pods from developing and allows the plants energy to go towards the bulb. Since the lily is still growing actively after flowering it still needs the stem and foliage to grow a strong bulb for next season. So leave as much of the stem as possible when cutting back the lily.

Tips For Growing Oriental Lilies

Are Oriental lilies easy to grow?
Yes! With a few basic planting requirements, Oriental lilies are very easy to grow and require minimal care.

What Is The Best Time To Plant Oriental Lilies?
Like the Asiatic lilies, the best time to plant Oriental lilies is in the spring or fall, and will do best when planted as soon as possible after purchasing. However, in milder climates they can be planted anytime the ground is not frozen, or too wet.

Are Oriental Lilies Hardy?
Yes, Oriental lilies are typically grown in USDA hardiness zones 3 to 10. In colder climates they can be dug up and stored, or mulched for winter protection.

How should I plant my Oriental lily?
Choose a well-drained location with at least half a day of sunshine and your Oriental lilies will thrive. The bulbs should be planted about 8 inches deep and will do best planted in rich, moist soil. Loosen the soil a bit below the bulb level so that roots can develop easily.

Will Oriental lilies grow in shade?
Oriental Lilies prefer full sun in order to thrive. However, the Orientals will grow in partial shade but the stems will become leggier and could produce less showy flowers. In general lilies love plenty of sun, and perform best under those conditions.

How much water does my Oriental lily require?
While Oriental lilies do not like soggy soil they will do best if the soil is kept moist until they bloom. After they bloom they rarely require watering as long as the bulbs are planted deep enough so they do not dry out during hot weather.

Can I cut the stem of my lily back after blooming?
You can cut the flower heads off after blooming which prevents seed pods from developing, and allows the plants energy to go towards the bulb. Since the plant is still growing actively after flowering it still needs the green leaves to grow a strong bulb for next season. So leave as much of the stem as possible until late fall.

Lily Lane Farm Nursery General Questions

Can I order Lily Bulbs by mail order?
Yes! We offer exhibition size lily bulbs, Oriental lily bulbs and Asiatic lily bulbs via mail order. Our bulbs are available approximately August thru Thanksgiving, depending upon weather conditions during the year and availability. Please drop us an e-mail, or call us for more specific ordering information.

When are you open for business?
We are open for business from Memorial Day weekend through October; Friday through Sunday; 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.;and we accept cash, checks, debit card, Visa & MC.

Do you have more than lilies for sale?
Yes! Not only do we have a great selection of daylilies, Oriental & Asiatic lilies, but we also have a great selection of perennials, cut flowers, U-Pick flowers, a childrens garden and much more!