| Temperature||While in bloom, tolerates 36-75° F. 60-70° F. is ideal. Properly mulched, the dormant bulb in the ground can tolerate air temperatures below freezing. Bulbs must have annual cold treatment for proper foliage & flower development.|
| Light||Bright light to full sun.|
| Water||Evenly moist; never soggy.|
| Fertilizer||None required while blooming. All-purpose balanced fertilizer advisable during growth phase.|
| Soil||60% peat moss, 15% pumice or coarse sand, 25% topsoi is a good mixture.|
| USDA Zone(s)||Zones 5-9. Click here for a zone map.|
| Availability||Year Round|
When the flowers fade, take the plant outdoors into full sun and keep the soil moist until all the leaves and stems have dried. This allows the plant to effectively use the sun and moisture to nourish the bulb and produce new bulblets. After the plant has completely dried, stop watering and allow the soil to dry well. When soil is dry, store the pot in a cool, dry place through the summer. In October, carefully remove the bulbs from the soil. The bulbs should be firm and plump; if not, discard.
If you live in an area where the winter temperatures drop to 45° F. or lower for a period of 6 or more weeks, you can plant the cleaned bulbs directly into the ground in October. You can mix some bone meal into the soil at the bottom of the planting hole if you like. Water well initially, and then keep the soil moist. Mulch well in very cold weather and remove the mulch when the weather gets warmer. In spring, the new shoots should emerge. If the winter climate in your area is relatively warm, put the cleaned bulbs into a paper bag and refrigerate for 6-7 weeks. Make sure the bulbs do not freeze. Around January, plant them in well draining soil in a sunny location. (A good rule of thumb for planting bulbs is to plant them twice as deep as the bulbs are wide.) Water well once, then keeps the soil only moist thereafter. Too much moisture may cause the bulbs to rot. In the spring, new shoots and buds should appear
Pollen from lilies, which can range in color from pale yellow to almost brown, can stain clothing and is difficult to remove. To avoid this, some people like to remove the anthers (where the pollens are located) as soon as the flowers open. Doing so will not hurt the flower in any way except that the unfertilized flower will not produce seeds.