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How To Grow Asiatic Lilies

May 18, 2022


asiatic Lilies

The Asiatic lily (Lilium asiatica) makes a perfect plant for landscape design. One of the hardiest and most popular type of lilies grown, this true lily when planted correctly, produce long-lasting flowers.

They are the first lilies of the season to flower (early summer), and they multiply fast.

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Asiatic lilies grow best in sun to part shade, in loose, well-drained soil; bulbs sitting in soggy soil are prone to rot. You can improve the soil’s composition by working compost, peat moss, or other organic material into the garden bed.

When you plant lilies, place them 12″ to 18″ inches apart and at a planting depth of 4″ to 6″ inches in full or partial sun.

A location receiving morning or late afternoon sun with six hours of sunlight minimum is preferable. Asian lilies like a slightly acidic (6.5 pH.) soil.

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Asiatics need 1 or 2 inches of water per week.

During hot and dry weather, the lilies may need supplemental watering to ensure the root zone stays well moistened. (A drip hose is a great option.) The soil should remain moist and not soggy.

As a guide, water the lilies when the top 1 inch of soil below the surface becomes dry will provide the plant with the needed moisture for them to thrive.


A light ring of 5-10-10 fertilizer like Osmocote around the lilies, mixed into the topsoil provides the nutrients and nourishment required for Asiatic lilies to thrive.

This type of fertilizer supplies phosphorus and other nutrients needed for large and healthy blooms.

Apply the fertilizer once the lilies begin to grow each spring following the application rate directions on the fertilizer bag.

Generally, these lilies do not require frequent fertilizing.

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Remove blossoms from Asiatic lilies as they fade. Allow the foliage to remain in the bed until it has turned brown; the old leaves help gather nourishment to the bulb for next year’s blooms.

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