How to Plant Lily Bulbs in Pots

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How to Plant Lily Bulbs in Pots

Not only are lilies beautiful to look at, they are full of fascinating history and can be dated back as far as 700 B.C. The Madonna lily gathered great respect from the Greeks and Romans and was often associated with their gods and goddesses. With edible bulbs, this culturally rich flower seems to have it all. Planting lily bulbs in a pot is an easy way to add both beauty and culture to your decor.

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Things you need

  • Lily bulbs
  • Terra cotta pot
  • Soil or compost

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  1. 1

    Fill a large terra cotta planter halfway full with soil or compost.

  2. 2

    Set five or six bulbs on top of the compost or soil.

  3. 3

    Cover the bulbs completely with the compost or soil. Most bulbs require at least 3 to 4 inches of soil on top, but the Madonna lily only needs 1 inch.

  4. 4

    Place the pot in a sheltered area to protect the lilies while they grow.

  5. 5

    Keep the soil/compost moist, but do not overwater.

Tips and warnings

  • Feed the lillies weekly with a liquid plant food.
  • March to April is the best time of year to plant lilies.

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