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It’s true; in heat of summer, time to buy fall bulbs

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Don’t forget to include lilies of all varieties with your fall bulb order this year. Bulbs are an inexpensive and simple way to fill your garden with brilliant colors and fragrance from June into August. Lilies can be short like the Asiatic Pixies or statuesque like the Heirloom Species lilies that can spiral up to seven feet. The most difficult part of growing lilies is remembering to order them. They simply must be planted in the fall when you are digging in your tulips and daffodils. Like all bulbs, you must plant them in a workable soil with good drainage and a sunny location. Otherwise, give them a scoop of Bulb Booster or bone meal when planting and another sprinkling of granular fertilizer in the spring and after that, you’ll sit back and enjoy the show every year.

Growing tips

Light: Lilies thrive and fully flower in full sun.

Water: Plants need moisture but allow for good drainage. The bulbs will rot in soil that is soggy.

Deadheading: Cut off flowers when they are finished blooming. Allow the foliage to yellow and die back naturally so it will put energy back into the bulb to make next year’s blooms.

Fertilize: To increase quantity and quality of blooms, fertilize lilies up to three times a year with a 4-10-6 granular fertilizer.

Mulch: Plant bulbs as deep as the instructions and mulch soil to keep them cool and to avoid freezing and thawing.

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