How do you keep lilies blooming all summer?
2. Feeding and Fertilizing Lilies
3. Watering Lilies
4. Pruning and Deadheading Lilies
5. Mulching Around Lilies
6. Controlling Pests and Diseases
7. Repotting Lilies
8. Proper Sun Exposure for Lilies
9. Choosing the Right Variety of Lily
10. Supporting Stems on Taller Varieties of Lily
Keeping Lilies Blooming All Summer
Lilies are a beautiful addition to any garden, with their large, brightly colored blooms that last for weeks in the summer months. With a little extra care, lily plants can be kept blooming through the entire summer season.
Feeding and Fertilizing Lilies
To keep lilies blooming all summer long, they should be given a balanced fertilizer at least once a month throughout the growing season. The fertilizer should contain equal amounts of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium to ensure that the plant is getting all of the nutrients it needs to stay healthy and bloom continuously.
Lilies need about an inch of water per week during the summer months, but this can vary depending on the soil type and weather conditions in your area. When watering lily plants, try to make sure that the water reaches their root system as this will help keep them hydrated throughout the season.
Pruning and Deadheading Lilies
Lilies do not bloom more than once per season, but you can remove the faded flowers so that the plants don’t waste energy making seeds. After the lily blooms, you can also remove just the stem itself if desired. However, do NOT remove leaves until they have died down and turned brown in fall.
Mulching Around Lilies
Mulch helps retain moisture in soil while also keeping weeds at bay around lily plants, allowing them to thrive all summer long without being choked out by competing plants or drying out too quickly due to evaporation from direct sunlight hitting bare soil.
Controlling Pests and Diseases
Insects: If aphids or other insects become a problem for your lily plants, use an insecticidal soap or horticultural oil to help control them. Be sure to spray both sides of leaves for maximum effectiveness.
Fungal Diseases: If your lily plants become infected with fungal diseases such as powdery mildew or leaf spot, treat them with a fungicide designed for use on lily plants.
If your lily plants become pot-bound, they may need to be repotted into a container with fresh soil every few years in order to continue blooming well each summer.
Proper Sun Exposure for Lilies
Lily plants need full sun during their growing season; six hours of direct sunlight each day is ideal for most varieties of lily plant.