How to care for Asiatic lilies

Updated July 19, 2017

Asiatic lilies are the most popular lily because they are easy to care for and their vibrant blooms add lots of colour to the garden. They bloom before other lilies and are available in a variety of colours and sizes. The beautiful blooms face either outward or upward. They attract hummingbirds and butterflies, so they make an appealing addition to any butterfly garden.

Place or plant your lilies in full to partial sunlight. If they are in too much shade, they will begin to lean toward the sun.

Provide your Asiatic lilies with plenty of water. Asiatic lilies need about 2.5 cm (1 inch) of water per week, so if it doesn't rain often, be sure to watered them regularly to keep them healthy. Try to avoid getting the foliage and flowers wet, because this can spread diseases.

Feed the lilies with a slow-release plant food early in the spring, making sure to follow the label instructions specifically for feeding Asiatic lilies. This will help them remain healthy and vibrant throughout the blooming season.


Asiatic lilies thrive in well-drained, slightly acidic soil that's rich in organic matter such as compost or leaf mould. The bulbs can be planted in mid-spring or early autumn. Asiatic lilies are the first lilies to bloom; you'll begin to see their flowers as soon as early June and into July.


Never transplant lilies during a frost.

Things You'll Need

  • Water
  • Slow-release plant food
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