The following are some of the most popular varieties of giant lilies for sale. You may want to read about each one before making your decision on which one to buy.
1) Giant Himalayan Lilies (Cardiocrinum Giganteum): These are the largest of all the species and grow up to 2 feet tall with a bulb diameter of 3 inches or so.
They have a very distinctive purple coloration and are often mistaken for white lilies. They are quite hardy and can survive even extreme cold temperatures.
2) Giant Dwarf Lilies (Ceratophyllum spp.
): These are smaller than the other two types but still large enough to make them suitable for indoor growing. Their flowers tend to be larger than those of the other two types, although they don’t produce as many blooms per year as the dwarf variety does.
3) Giant Giant Lily (Himalayan Giant Lilies): These are the smallest of the three types and usually only grow to about 1 foot tall.
They are sometimes called “miniature” because their flowers aren’t as big as those of the others. However, these lilies do have a good amount of blooms per year compared to other varieties.
They are not considered particularly hardy though and will die if left outdoors too long.
Giant lily bulbs for sale are available online, and this is the best place to buy them. You may also be able to find them at your local nursery or garden center as well.
You can also buy rare varieties that you won’t find in stores. They are usually sold by the piece and you will need at least two of them for good results. It is important that you plant them close together because they do not like being isolated, and they can’t be planted too deep. They also grow fairly quickly. The best time to plant them is in the fall, and they will bloom the following year. So let’s learn more about what we have already discussed here: Giant lily facts.
You can plant giant lilies in large flower pots or even in the ground. It is a good idea to add good compost to the soil before planting them.
You should also add a slow releasing fertilizer as this will give them the nutrients that they need. After planting it is important that you keep the area around them weed free and free of debris. They are shallow rooted plants so it is best to keep the soil around it constantly damp. This can be done by watering it on a regular basis or even by placing a large plastic container around the base of the plant which will act as a barrier and keep the soil constantly damp. Be careful not to over water them though because this can have a negative impact on their growth.
When they start to flower you will need to keep an eye on them because the blooms can get quite heavy and if the stem snaps it can ruin all the flowers. This can be remedied by supporting the stem as the flowers develop.
Giant lilies are a nice addition to any garden, but they do require a lot of maintenance. The most important thing is to keep them watered on a regular basis, especially during the summer when they are actively growing.
You should make sure that the soil is moist to a depth of at least six inches. You can also mulch around the base of the plant to help keep in the moisture.
Keep an eye on the soil and feed with a slow releasing general fertilizer about once a month during the growing season.
Although giant lilies are fairly hardy they do suffer from a few pests and diseases. Among the most common problems are aphids, mites, thrips, and nematodes.
These can all be dealt with using a suitable pesticide or by replacing the soil with fresh composted manure. If the plant gets too much sun it can affect the color of the blooms so make sure that it is placed in a position that doesn’t get too much direct sunlight. If the blooms start to look warn or fall over it is best to cut them off to encourage new growth which will result in a flower with a different shape and color.
You should expect your lily bulbs to last for about five years if they remain undisturbed, but they will grow tired after three or four years. You can either remove them and plant a new set every few years or just leave the old bulbs in the ground and let nature take its course.
After the flowers have died back it is a good idea to cut them off because if they are left they can start to rot which will cause the leaves to be less sturdy and they can even attract pests.
You can transfer some of your lilies into smaller pots to give as gifts to friends or family during the growing season, just make sure that you keep the roots damp when you’re transporting them.
Giant lilies are an attractive addition to any garden, but they do need a lot of maintenance. If you want to keep your lilies blooming throughout the entire growing season you will have to give them a lot of attention.
They do look really spectacular when in full bloom and they make a great cut flower so the extra maintenance effort is definitely worth it.
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