Growing Lily Of The Valley: When To Plant?
The best time to plant your lily of the valley is when it’s flowering or just starting to bloom. But even if you don’t have any flowers yet, you can still grow them in containers! You’ll need a sunny spot with good drainage so they won’t rot. They’re not very heavy, but they will get too hot if kept in direct sunlight all day long.
You can start growing them indoors in late summer or early fall. If you live in a cold climate, then you might want to wait until winter.
Plants tend to dry out during the winter months, so keep an eye on them! Once they’ve dried up enough, move them outside and let them go into their next growth cycle.
How Many Can I Grow?
It depends on how big your garden is going to be. For example, if you only have a small space to work with, then you can probably grow one plant per square foot. However, if you have a larger area to cover, then it may take several plants to cover the same amount of ground.
If you are going to grow lily of the valley indoors in containers, then there is no set number of plants that will fit inside your container. There are many different sizes and shapes of lilies.
Some may be smaller than others.
As long as they have enough room, then you can stick as many in there as you want to! If you want your container garden to last several years, then it’s best to divide the bulbs once a year.
If you do this, then you don’t need to replant them every year. However, it’s important not to give them too much water.
How Big Does It Get?
Most of these plants only get between 1 and 3 feet in diameter. The height can range from 6 to 12 inches tall. If you prune the plant, then it may not flower as much the following year. But if you are careful about how you prune it, then it will be fine.
If you want a larger display in your garden, then you can always plant several of them together. If you have a small garden, then you can grow several containers placed in the ground to give the appearance of a larger garden.
It all just depends on how much work and time you want to put into it.
Will They Spread?
Yes, but only if you let them go to seed. The flowers will spread via seeds when the time is right. You can always collect these and plant them elsewhere if you want more of it! Most gardeners remove the spent flowers to encourage more blooms and also to keep the plant from going to seed.
Is It Easy To Grow?
These plants are very easy to grow because they don’t need much care. Most of them are hardy and can handle a variety of different temperatures. They just need protection from the extreme cold or extreme heat. Most of them are perennials, so you should only have to plant them once.
If you live in a cold climate, then you may need to plant them in an area that gets some protection from the harsh winter weather. The ideal soil type for growing outdoors is a neutral soil that isn’t too wet or dry.
If you grow them indoors in containers, then you can place them by a south-facing window. They need at least 6 hours of direct sunlight each day.
Alternatively, you can use grow lights to give them the light they need.
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