How Do You Care for Lilies?


Care for lilies by choosing a location with full sun and well-drained soil, keeping the lilies moist year-round, feeding them regularly, composting and mulching them annually, and trimming faded flowers. You need compost, mulch, fertilizer, pruning scissors, stakes and water.

  1. Place the flowers in a good location

    Plant the flowers or place potted lilies in an area that receives at least six hours of sunlight per day. The soil needs to be well-drained and loamy, because excess moisture can rot the bulbs. Enrich poor soil with organic matter before planting.

  2. Keep the bulbs moist year-round

    During the growing season, give the plants 1 inch of water per week. Keep the bulbs moist the rest of the year, even during the winter.

  3. Feed the plants regularly

    Every two weeks during the growing season, feed the plants with a liquid fertilizer that is high in potash.

  4. Compost and mulch the lilies annually

    Every spring, compost the lilies. Add 2 inches of mulch on top of the amended soil.

  5. Stake tall plants

    Either plant the lily bulbs 12 to 15 inches into the soil to help stabilize them as they grow, or stake the particularly tall plants to add support.

  6. Trim faded flowers

    Snip off spent and faded blossoms, and prune the stems down to the ground.