Lilies are usually planted in spring or fall. Spring planting is preferred because the flower stalks will be more sturdy and less likely to break, particularly if they are planted six inches deep. Fall planting gives lily plants a better chance of survival during winter’s cold periods. Before plowing under lawn grasses for your new garden beds, choose an area that receives full sunlight throughout the day—an east-facing location is ideal—and dig the soil to a depth of at least 12 inches so roots have enough room to spread out properly.
The most efficient way to plant lily bulbs is with a trowel, but it isn’t necessary! Simply pack soil around each bulb as you place them into the prepared bed, or use your fingers instead. A little elbow grease goes a long way here; after all, these pampered plants have been growing underground for years without having their own hands doing chores for them!
Separate Lily Bulbs from Their Roots
After digging holes large enough to accommodate one tulip bulb per hole (you can also plant hyacinth and narcissus bulbs in these holes), separate any remaining root pieces by grabbing two leaves at opposite ends and pulling gently upward while twisting firmly just below where attached buds were originally attached (this should loosen up any stubborn roots). Replace loose dirt back into hole after separating root pieces; then add 1 inch of mulch such as wood chips over entire bed area before watering