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How to Care for Lilies

Deadhead and Fertilize Lilies for Beautiful Blooms:
  • For varieties that have not yet bloomed, sprinkle less than a teaspoon of granular fertilizer around each plant. Water it in, gently soaking the soil.
  • Around August, once the flowers fade and drop, snip the stem back to the first set of leaves. Don’t cut the stem or leaves completely off — the plant needs them to bloom next year.
  • Once stems and leaves on all lilies turn completely brown in late fall, cut them back to the ground. Do not compost lily stems or foliage; put them in the trash.

TIP: Mark where bulbs are planted to keep from accidently digging them up or stepping on them while doing other garden chores.