How to Store Christmas Lily Bulbs 

In this brief article, we will answer the question, “how to store christmas lily bulbs?” and provide you with insights on how you can enhance your christmas experience while polishing your gardening skills.

How to store Christmas lily bulbs?

You can store Christmas lily bulbs by keeping them in soil in a dark and dry place. Make sure that they have a specific amount of dry to wet ratio to make sure that they do not rot or they do not dry out.

Christmas amaryllis or christmas lilies originate from south america. They will bloom around every christmas time or in the winter season by the end of december.

They bloom every Christmas if you give them a dormant period and force them again. Or you can turn around and plant them outside every spring and they will bloom every summer.

The christmas lily buds are relatively easier to store. Many people find that they do best with soil. So you just leave them like they would in nature.

You can leave it in a pot with dry soil. Or you can leave it in a plastic bag wrapped in newspaper and some soil. The other thing you can do is turn around and take them right out and store them in crates.

You can put them in any type of container. It could be a paper box. It could also be a plastic crate where it can get some air. 

Research. The trick is that they need air just like a potato or onion would when you would be storing it over the winter. As long as they have the right combination of moisture and air, they will store very well. 

What you need to do is make sure that you check them. If they are on the dry side, add some moist soil. 

If they look a bit on the wet side, you can take them out of the soil, put them in a paper box and let them dry out. 

How do we plant Christmas lily bulbs?

Lilies should be planted, about a hundred milimetres deep in a well-drained soil in full sun or part shade. They can be planted from May until September. 

As the bulbs are actively growing all year round they can not be lifted like other bulbs and stored.  This is why they are sold either wrapped in sawdust or growing in containers. 

Lilies should be planted soon after purchase. The best time to divide lilies is in the autumn or early winter. 

But unless you are giving bulbs to friends or are moving them around the garden leave lilies alone for best results. They seem to get better each year if left undisturbed. 

Plant the taller lilies at the back of the garden where they have more room to develop and form large clumps. 

Apply blood and bone fertilizer at planting time and use a slow release fertilizer, such as Bulb Food, in late winter or early spring.

When planting lilies in containers use a good bulb potting mix such as Tui Bulb Mix. It is important to keep lilies well watered through the growing season. 

When picking the flowers leave one third of the leaves on each stem to ensure the bulbs keep growing and that they survive for the next season. 

The only problems they seem to get are botrytis, black spot and aphids. All of these can be controlled with a rose spray.

After flowering leave the stems on the bulbs until the leaves go brown then cut the stems off at the top of the bulbs. Leave bulbs in the same area for four to five years. 

This helps the bulbs grow larger and will encourage them to produce bulblets which will also flower.

Storing Lily Bulbs Over Winter

The majority of lilies are a pretty tough bunch.  And able to cope with most of what the winter weather will throw at them.

However, they can be prone to rotting off in extreme, cold, and wet conditions.  Especially the ornamental and orienpet varieties that originate from mountainous regions.

But with a little thought, and minimum of intervention, overwintering lilies is quite straightforward.

Storing lily bulbs over winter should be in a cool place.  Such as the vegetable bin in your refrigerator.

Conclusion 

In this brief article, we answered the question, “how to store christmas lily bulbs?” and provided you with insights on how you can enhance your christmas experience while polishing your gardening skills.

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