Planting Instructions

Planting Instructions For Lilies

  • Soils and Location: Lilies require a well-drained soil.  Compost, peat moss, or other organic materials can be worked into heavy soils to improve drainage.  Another solution to poor drainage is planting on a gentle slope, in raised beds, or in hills.  Do not plant in low wet spots.
  • Sun or Shade: Lilies prefer sunlight.  Although full sun until mid-afternoon is optimal, lilies will perform quite acceptably with filtered sunlight or partial shade.  Avoid planting near walks or walls that reflect the hot afternoon sun.
  • Depth of Planting: Take the size of the bulb and put two sizes above of soil.  This allows for good stem rooting and protects against extreme winter cold.  Mulch and Ground Cover:  Lilies like cool roots.  Planting with shallow rooted ground covers or amongst other perennials helps shade the soil and looks nice as well.  Lilies are extremely hardy, but in the coldest areas mulch of straw or pine needles provides added insurance against winter injury.  Mulches also keep the soil moist and cool in the summer.
  • Cutting Flowers:  Leave at least 8” to 12” of the stem and foliage to provide for bulb growth and nest year’s flowers.  Not cutting the stems at all gives maximum bulb growth but provided a portion of stem remains and is kept green and healthy; lilies will come back year after year even if used for cut flowers.
  • Fertilizers: A handful of bone meal at planting mixed in the soil where the roots will be giving the bulbs a good start.  Lilies benefit from a feeding in the early spring and prior to their active growth.  Avoid heavy feeding with high nitrogen fertilizers as it makes them susceptible to disease and can cause foliar burn.
  • Insect and Disease: Aphids and fungus can be controlled with the same sprays used for roses should they become a problem.
  • Lilies in Pots: Use a porous potting soil.  Cover bulbs with at least two inches of soil.
  • On Arrival: Bulbs can be stored in the refrigerator or other cool places (34’ to 40’F) until planting.  Unlike other bulbs, lilies are never completely dormant and should be planted as soon as possible after receiving them.

  TOAD LILY PLANTING INSTRUCTIONS:

  • Roots should be planted in part or full shade area in your garden.
  • Loosen soil around where you are planning to plant the root.
  • Cover growing point of root with about 1-2 inches of soil. 
  • Water the planted area to settle the soil around the root.
  • Plant roots about 10-14 inches apart.
  • For the first-year water Filipendula or Toad lily (about 2 times a week in the summer) until plant are fully established.
  • Fertilize plants in early spring with a low nitrogen fertilizer. 

  ASTILBE ROOT INSTRUCTIONS:

  • Roots should be planted in part or full shade area in your garden.
  • Cover growing point of root with about 2-3 inches of soil. 
  • Water the planted area to settle the soil around the root.
  • Plant stile roots about 10-16 inches apart.
  • For the first-year water Astilbe (about 2-3 times a week in the summer) until plants are fully established.
  • Fertilize plants in early spring with a low nitrogen fertilizer. 

SIBERIAN IRIS or JAPANESE MEADOW SWEET PERENNIAL ROOTS

  • Roots should be planted in part or full sun area in your garden.
  • Loosen soil around where you are planning to plant the root.
  • Cover growing point of root with about 1-2 inches of soil.
  • Water the planted area to settle the soil around the root.
  • Plant roots about 20-24 inches apart.
  • For the first-year water Japanese Meadow Sweet or Siberian Iris (about 2 times a week in the summer) until plants are fully established.
  • Fertilize plants in early spring with a low nitrogen fertilizer. Fertilize on a needed basis.

HEMEROCALLIS/ (DAY LILY) or SEDUM INSTRUCTIONS

  • Roots should be planted in part or full sun area in your garden.
  • Loosen soil around where you are planning to plant root.
  • Cover growing point of root with about 1-2 inches of soil. 
  • Water the planted area to settle the soil around the root.
  • Plant roots about 16-20 inches apart.
  • For the first-year water Hemerocallis or Sedum (about 2 times a week in the summer) until plant are fully established.
  • Fertilize plants in early spring with a low nitrogen fertilizer.  If the plant leaves look yellowish later in the season, apply a fertilizer with a higher concentration of nitrogen.
  • After plant is done blooming water on a weekly basis and remove dead flowers if needed.  Remove leaves when plant dies back in October.

 Peony Instructions

Herbaceous Peonies have bold leaves and gorgeous flowers that are either “single” (5 to 10 petals) or “double” (lots of petals). These beautiful, showy flowers come in white, all shades of pinks to reds and some rare yellow.

To plant your bare root peony: 

Prepare soil to at least 12-14 inches deep.

  • Space roots 3 to 4 feet apart.
  • Keep roots away from competing shrub roots.
  • Plant in full/part sun well drained locations, eyes facing upward.
  • Cover eyes with 1-1 ½ inches of soil
  • Lightly fertilize in early spring (low nitrogen) mixture.
  • After your peony is bloomed out remove dead flowers and, lightly fertilize.

When cutting Peonies for cut flower, cut in early morning to keep the insect out.  Ants like them when they heat up, because they have lots of sugar, and a sweet fragrance.Roots should be planted in part or full sun area in your garden.

Loosen soil around where you are planning to plant root.

Cover growing point of root with about 2-3 inches of soil. 

Plant roots about 16-20 inches apart.

For the first-year water Monks Hood (about 2 times a week in the summer) until plant are fully established.

Water the planted area to settle the soil around the root.  During the growing season don’t allow soil to dry out. 

Fertilize plants in early spring with a low nitrogen fertilizer.  If the plant leaves look yellowish later in the season, apply a fertilizer with a higher concentration of nitrogen.

After plant is done blooming water on a weekly basis and remove dead flowers if needed.  Remove leaves when plant dies back in October.