Lily, cultivationand advice on needs and care. How to grow lily in pots or in the garden. Fertilization, irrigation and the meaning of the flower.
Lily, meaning of the flower
Let's start with the meaning oflily. This flower, known aslilum, in Christian iconography it is associated with chastity and purity, for this reason we can speak of a biblical meaning: it is considered the flower of the Madonna, of the Archangel Gabriel and of Saint Anthony of Padua.
It is the ideal flower to give to an elegant, proud and honest woman, the lily expresses nobility and pride of mind when it is white. When it comes to a pink lily, it expresses vanity.
Lily, growing in pot or in the garden
THEliliesthey fear heavy soils, soaked and like all flower bulbs, they are sensitive to water stagnation. If you want to cultivate thelily in vase, remember to prepare a draining layer on the bottom of the container while for those who grow in open fields, plant the bulbs or transplant the purchased lily plants in a carefully prepared soil,light and fertile.
Period of planting of the lily
The ideal period for planting falls in spring or autumn.
Tips for planting the lily
Plant the plants at a distance of 20 cm from each other. The hole must be three times deep than the height of the bulb and three times wider.
Use slightly acidic soil chosen from woodland or heath. Arrange a layer of gravel on the bottom for drainage (if grown in the garden) or expanded clay if grown in pots.
Once the bulb is buried, cover with 15 cm of soil rich in organic substance, humus and sand. For thecultivation of lily in potsyou can choose specific soil free of calcium, with acid reaction, rich and light.
Lily, cultivation: fertilization and care
Who cultivates thelily in vasewill need to administer a liquid fertilizer on a monthly basis. Those who cultivate in the open field can limit themselves to two or three fertilizations per year. The main fertilizations are done in spring (when ililiesbegin to sprout from the ground) and in early summer (when they start to bloom). Those who prefer natural cultivation and grow flowers organically, can fertilize with very mature manure compost, in fact this is the ideal fertilizer for lily, it can be used with bone meal and roasted leather.
Ideal exposure: where to grow the lily
The lily can be grown in full sun or partial shade. If you have the possibility, place it in flowerbeds exposed to the sun only in the morning: in this way you will allowlily flowersto last longer and the plant can give you abundant and long-lasting blooms.
Lily flowers: how to improve lily bloom
In addition to the trick seen in the previous paragraph, two other tips to follow to improve the flowering of the lily are:
- cut the faded flowers under the chalice
- place side by side species and varieties of different earliness so you will have blooms to climb
Where to grow the lily: temperatures and climate
Those who live in the mountains or in the far north of Italy may have some problems inlily cultivationin the open field. THEliliesthey do not resist the cold and for this reason those who intend to cultivate them would do well to do it in pots or in the garden but only by placing them in depth or learning to manage the bulbs. For all advice, please read the page "Flower beds of bulbous plants, how to manage them ".
On the contrary, other varieties do not tolerate heat, it is the case ofAsiatic lily.In the case of growing Asiatic lilies, in the summer it is good to choose a cool place and add some compost.