These bright lilies are perfect for bridal flower arrangement, bouquets and garden centerpieces. Hence, the demand for Oriental lilies in the flower industry is very high. Grow these fragrant lily cultivar right in your garden or indoors in flowerpots, and appreciate their spectacular blooms during summer.
Growing Oriental Lilies in the Garden
The most popularly planted variety of Oriental lilies is the Stargazer hybrid, which produces 4-5 blooms per flowering stalk. Besides this, varied Oriental lilies are available in shades of pure white, pink, crimson red, pink and white, golden and white, and other variegated hybrids.
During summer, the matured plants bear conspicuous blooms on erect peduncles. The petals may be flat-faced, recurved or may face upwards. Based on the particular hybrids, these lilies can grow to about 6 feet in height, thus making excellent specimen plants in the garden.
The only consideration is not to plant them during flowering period, i.e., during mid to late summer. For your convenience, you can grow them either in spring or fall months. As for planting Oriental lilies indoors, start with the bulbs directly in spring time.
Propagating Oriental Lilies
A common mode of propagating Oriental lilies is by using bulbs. This is probably the easiest method to grow Oriental lilies in the garden. Obviously, you can grow Oriental lilies from seeds with a bit of patience.
Deciding the Location
These lily varieties grow well in full sun and areas that are exposed to light shade. The ideal place for growing Oriental lilies is where the lilies receive maximum sunlight during the day and the location should be partly shaded in the afternoon time.
If your garden soil requires additional preparation, like adjusting soil pH, addressing drainage problems and nutrient supplementation, follow the same to meet the required conditions.
Growing Oriental Lilies Indoors?
Since the basic growth conditions of lilies somewhat mimic that of the indoor environment, many hobbyists try planting them indoors, and they succeed in the same way with some effort. But, how to maintain Oriental lilies indoors? For this, you can plant newly bought, healthy lily bulbs in a container of about 6 inches depth.
The large pot should be positioned near to a window or door, where the developing plants will receive abundant light and temperature between 50-75° F. If required, install fluorescent light for the lilies to induce timely blooming.