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Lilies for heavy soil

Posted by frank1965 z8 (My Page) on
Sun, May 3, 09 at 21:35

Are there any lilies that will tolerate heavy sometimes wet soil? I'm thinking species would probably be only way to go other than the standard tigers, easters and formosanums. Already have them and they do great in sometimes sodden heavy soil. Last night we got 3.5 inche of rain less than 6 hrs so you see what I'm dealing with. This is large border/bed so raising it is a no go. The soil has been amended for almost 20 years and is loads better than before I started but too much water is just too much water! It doesn't help that the yard is flat and in a low area- have to work with what you have. Tolerance to heat and humidity would be great too. My goodness I'm asking for alot!! Thanks Frank

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RE: Lilies for heavy soil

I don't know what lilies, if any, will do well in those conditions. However, if you try it, I would dig the hole a few inches deeper than you need and fill it with gravel for drainage up to the level you want to plant the bulb. I'd also slightly "hill up" each place you plant a lily so there would be no standing water.

Last year I lost several Orientals due to lots of rain, and it puddling in the area of the lilies. However, my Asiatics came through just fine.


RE: Lilies for heavy soil

Tigerlilies might work for you. They're pretty hardy.

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