How to Plant Pink Lady Lily Bulbs

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How to Plant Pink Lady Lily Bulbs
Pink lady amaryllis are also called "naked ladies." (amaryllis image by Laura Lupton from Fotolia.com)

Native to southern Africa, pink lady lilies (Amaryllis belladonna) are also called August lilies. Their leaves grow in spring but die down by midsummer. Weeks later, near the end of August, the flower stems push up out of the ground. The fragrant, lily-like flowers bloom for several weeks on the leafless stems. Pink lady lilies are hardy in U.S. Department of Agriculture hardiness zones 8 through 11, but will survive in zone 7 when sufficiently mulched over winter. Although they tolerate drought during summer, they require regular moisture during the winter months.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Garden trowel

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Choose a spot in full sun in an area of the garden where the 2-foot-high flowers will be visible in late August to early September. The soil should be fertile and well-drained. The front of a shrub border is a good spot because the leafless flowers will stand out against the shrubbery.

  2. 2

    Dig individual holes 3 to 5 inches deep with the garden trowel to plant pink lady lily bulbs. Space them 3 to 6 inches apart individually, in clumps of three or more, with the clumps 12 to 18 inches apart.

  3. 3

    Set one bulb in each hole with the broad, flat end down and the pointed end up. Cover with soil and fill the hole until it is level with the surface. Firm the surface of the soil gently with your hand.

Tips and warnings

  • It is not necessary to fertilise pink lady lilies or to provide them with supplemental irrigation during the growing season.

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