Stargazer Lilies How to Plant and Grow

Stargazer lilies (Lilium ‘Stargazer’) are one of the most well-known and popular types of lilies. Appropriately named for its five-point bloom that’s in the shape of a star and its flame-like petal coloration that mimics a shooting star. The lovely lily is hardy in growing zones 3-8. Stargazer lilies are easy-to-grow perennials and will provide a late-summer WOW factor to any home garden.

Stargazer Lilies Location

Think about the old adage that pertains to planting any variety of lily and you’ll be able to select the right planting location for Stargazers. The old adage states that lilies like their head in the sun and feet in shade. That may seem like an impossibility, but it simply means select a full sun planting location for lilies, then cover the soil with a thick layer of organic mulch so the sun will never penetrate through to the shallow-growing bulbs. Planting Stargazer lilies among low-growing ground cover or annuals will also keep their feet in the shade. Be sure the other plants have the same soil/sun/ water requirements as the Stargazer Lillies when planting them together.

Planting Stargazer Lilies

Stargazer lilies need to be planted in the early spring or late fall. Till soil to at least 8 inches deep and mix in some compost to improve soil drainage and provide nutrients for the lily bulbs. Dig a 4 inch deep hole for each bulb. Planting holes should be spaced 12 inches apart. Place the bulbs in the hole with flat side facing down and pointed end facing upward. Cover with soil, water in well, then add a layer of organic mulch, like straw. Keep soil moist when lily bulbs are planted in the spring. Stargazer plants can also be planted instead of bulbs. For plants, prepare the soil in the same way, place plants 12 inches apart, back-fill planting hole, water in well and cover soil with organic mulch.

Stargazer Lilies Blooms

Five-petaled, star-shaped white blooms with red shooting ‘flames’ will appear in late summer and last until the first frost.

After Care Of Stargazer Lilies

Stargazer lilies will reach a mature height of 3 feet and due to the top heavy blooms, the plants may require staking to keep them upright. Feed with a balanced 10-10-10 granulated fertilizer once a month during the growing season and water during time of drought. Keep spent blooms removed from the plants to encourage new growth. Green foliage should not be cut back or removed because the greenery is providing the lily bulb with energy and nourishment for bloom production next year. After the foliage turns brown in the fall it can be safely removed. Apply a fresh layer of organic mulch over Stargazer bulbs in the late fall to protect the lily bulbs from winter freeze damage.