How To Germinate Lilies (Tips for Seed Growing Lilies)

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Lilies are some of the easiest plants to grow indoors.

There are several varieties available, including many hybrids that have been developed specifically for growing indoors.

If you have access to sunny windows or a sunny south-facing window, you’ll also enjoy growing lilies outdoors.

Growing lilies indoors is a great option if you live in an area with cool summers and don’t have access to much natural sunlight.

Many people think of lily bulbs when they hear the word “lily,” but the true genius of the lily plant is Althea which includes more than 500 species of flowering plants. There are other genera within the family as well and there are many different varieties (cultivars) available for indoor growing.

How long do lily seeds take to germinate?

Lily seeds will take five to six weeks to germinate.

You should not expect your lilies to flower in the first year of growth.

If you want to get flowers earlier, then treat them as annuals and remove them from their pots when they are a few inches tall. They will then go into a dormant state and start growing again in the following year when you’ll be able to replant them.

Do you soak lily seeds before planting?

When it comes to planting lily bulbs, this is an important step you should take before planting. Soak your lily seeds in water for 12 hours before planting.

This will help the lily seed germinate faster and more easily.

Do not wash your lily seeds after soaking them in water.

Allow them to dry off naturally on a paper towel or by placing them under glass or in direct sunlight (not too close to any windows).

The best time to plant your lily bulbs is when they are still moist from the soaking process (not wet) and no longer feel slimy.

How do you propagate lilies?

Lily bulbs should be planted in a moist potting mix and a well-drained mix is recommended.

The best time to plant lilies is from late summer through fall.

They will flower the next year, so you may want to transplant them into their permanent location after flowering.

Once your lilies have been established, they need plenty of light and moisture.

To encourage strong stems and good growth, they should get at least 10 hours of light per day. Because lilies are perennial plants, you can expect them to live for several years if placed in a sunny spot with sufficient water and nutrients.

Do lilies grow better in pots or ground?

Lilies are hardy plants, but they typically do not grow as well in pots.

If you want to keep your lilies healthy and growing, the best practice is to grow them in the ground or garden.

You can start them indoors with a simple pot or seed tray before planting them outside in the summer months. Lily plants require moist soil and good drainage.

Soil should be soaked before planting to promote better root growth with plenty of oxygen.

The rooting medium also needs to have high amounts of peat moss and perlite because it provides good moisture retention and faster root growth than other types of media.

When is the best time to fertilize lilies?

Lilies should be fertilized at least once a month during their growing season.

The best time to fertilize lilies is early in the morning before the heat of the day sets in.

Lilies are heavy feeders, so they will need plenty of nutrients to support their growth.

A good general-purpose fertilizer will work well for most lily varieties.

Granular fertilizer can be applied directly to the soil around the base of the plant.

Liquid fertilizer can also be used and is especially helpful if you are growing lilies in containers since it can be easily absorbed by the roots.

How often do you water lilies?

Lilies need to be watered regularly, especially during the hot summer months.

They should be watered at least once a week, and more often if they are growing in containers or an area with sandy soil.

Lilies prefer moist soil, so make sure to water them deeply and allow the soil to dry out somewhat between watering.

Lily plants also benefit from being misted occasionally, which helps to keep the leaves hydrated and prevents them from drying out.


Lilies are a beautiful and popular flower that is easy to grow. By following the tips above, you can be sure to have success in growing lilies of your own. With proper care, your lily plants will thrive and provide you with blooms for many years to come.

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Lily Reed

My name is Lily Reed, and this blog is about.... lilies!
Yes, I know. It's a true coincidence, but not really. My mother really loves this flower; she named me after him!
My mother started growing lilies when she was pregnant with me after the doctor told her not to move from the bed when she was 6 months pregnant. So it's been a special bond for us.

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