Nothing says springtime quite like spring’s favourite flowers- daffodils, tulips, and lilies. These beautiful flowers are an excellent way to liven up any garden and bring some lovely and vibrant blooms to your garden. All of three of these spring favourites are bulbs.Lilium bulbs are an excellent choice for the novice gardener because they are easy to grow and they multiply quickly.
Lilium bulbs automatically divide and regenerate. This means that one can easily double or triple your supply of bulbs in just a couple of years. If you are growing bulbs in your garden, they will need to be split every two to three years to keep your flowers looking their best. In fact, the blooms will even help you remember when it is time to divide the bulbs. If you notice that your blooms aren’t as abundant in the spring, you will know that it is time to share your bulbs come autumn.
Wait to divide your bulbs until the early autumn. Wait to divide your bulbs when the flowers have died, and the green foliage starts to wither and die. Cut back any remaining greenery and wait about a week. Then carefully dig around the bulbs. If you use a large shovel, it is very easy to cut or slice the bulbs with the shovel blade accidentally. Instead, use a hand shovel or trowel to gently loosen the dirt around the bulbs until they can be easily removed. You shall get that the single bulb you planted will now be a large clump of several bulbs.
Dividing is very easy. All you have to do is pull apart the bulb clump to create smaller individual bulbs. These bulbs are now ready to plant again. Just place them individually in the small hole with the point of the bulb facing up and root portion down. Cover the bulb with soil.
Many people confuse Lilium bulbs with other types of blooming plants including those that grow from corms, rhizomes, and tubers. While these can all be divided, the process is a little different than when dividing a true bulb.
Corms, like the crocus, look a lot like bulbs but act a little differently. You can still separate these using a similar process to bulbs by pulling apart the new sections and replanting. Tubers, like dahlias and begonias, need to be cut into pieces. Clean the tuber off with fresh water and cut into sections. Each section will need at least one eye, or growing point if you want them to take root. Finally, rhizomes, like iris will have natural breaking points where you can just divide the rhizome into pieces and replant.
Bulbs are a great way to add colour and beauty to your spring and summer gardens quickly. Remember watch in the spring, and when your blooms start to look a little sparse, it is time to divide in the autumn. Always divide your Lilium bulbs in the autumn to ensure that you don’t miss out on any beautiful blooms and that your Lilium bulbs have much time to give a nice establishment to themselves before the cold winter strikes.