This is the 5th article in the series. In this article i will share with you the tips for growing flowering bulbs in warm climates – Oriental lily. There are many varieties of lily available in lahore in fall. Few of them are as follows:
1- Easter Lily – lilium longiflorum- White fragrant flower. Very costly. A 14 inches pot costs more than 250 Rs. It is one of few lilies which are perennial in lahore and you do not need to buy them every year. Blooms in late Spring and early summer.
2- Tiger lily – yet to see it in lahore
3- Amaryllis lily – will discuss in next article. The local one costs around 50 Rs while imported is around 300-500 Rupees depending upon bulb size. Normally the holland bulb is Rs 500 which is very large.
4- Asiatic lily – non scented trumpet flowers. Dies in lahore summers
5- Oriental lily – fragrant trumpet flowers. Dies in summer as soon as temp. hits 40c. Price of each bulb was 60Rs per bulb.
6- Regal lily – Lilium regale – Not available in lahore. The easiest to raise from seeds. Very fragrant flowers. Also called christmas lily
And Oriental lily is the one i am going to grow in this article. They came in three colors this year. White, pink and red. Here goes on growing instructions:
2- Bury the bulb in a well drained soil having compost. Bury whole bulb at least 4-6 inches under soil. Purpose of deep planting is to have stem roots which are very important.
3- Water it well and then do not water until you see progress above ground. Water as less as possible afterwards.
4- Give it semi shade in lahore although they enjoy full sun in winters and then semi shade in april onwards. Try to plant them in groups. They will look very pretty in groups.
5- And this is the progress after around 1.5 months.
6- One bulb will produce around 3-7 flowers. Give it a little liquid fertilizer when buds appear.
Saving lily for next year
7- For saving for next year, cut the stems after they turn brown after flowering. Then clean the bulbs and remove any roots and stems. Wash with water and let them dry in shade. Then put them in wet peat moss in fridge until September. Plant again on September 15 in southern plains like lahore and karachi.
Next bulb: Freesia