Lily flowers are low-maintenance, but if it’s particularly dry when they start to sprout in spring and early summer, consider watering them regularly. They must also be watered during the day and not in the evening because the foliage would then risk remaining wet during the night, which is the breeding ground for fungal diseases.
You can also feed your lilies a balanced liquid fertilizer when you see them start to bloom. Of course, faded flowers can be removed, but keep the petals in place until they fall off on their own. The plant needs foliage in order to prepare the flowerings for the following year. You can cut dead stems and peduncles in late fall or early spring, whichever suits you best.
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It is not difficult to grow lilies since they are plants with a bulb. It will therefore continue to grow and bloom, year after year. You just have to make sure not to get rid of dead petals and foliage since this is what will allow your plant to draw energy in order to delight you again the following year.
The only problem you are likely to encounter is the enthusiasm of certain small rodents for these magnificent flowers. Squirrels, for example, find them delicious and tend to dig them up before they’ve even had a chance to hatch.
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You can try using pots to make them harder to dig up, or hiding your lily bulbs under bulbs that are less palatable to rodents like hyacinths or daffodils.
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