The elegant flowers of the Asiatic lily are a favorite of gardeners. These Asiatic lilies are planted in gardens and flower beds, as well as grown in pots. They’re also grown indoors in sunny rooms.
The Asiatic lily has been cultivated for more than 2,000 years. It produces a beautiful display of flowers with a delightful fragrance.
In China, Susan Asiatic lilies are often used to help enhance love and passion in marriage. These lilies are also known to repel evil spirits from the home, a quality that is paramount to many Chinese housewives.
In this article, we will discuss how to grow this plant and how to take care of it. Also, we will talk about pruning and propagating as well as the pests they attract. So, let’s get started.
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Caring For Your Plant:
Basic Forever Susan Asiatic Lily Info:
‘Forever Susan’ is an Asiatic that is a perennial plant belonging to the family of the Liliaceae and genus Lilium. It is a hybrid lily with a height of 2-3 feet. The blossoms pointing upward are a deep burgundy color with brilliant orange accents.
It is native to northeast China and Korea. They are highly versatile and the most popular type of lily in the world. This plant is grown in most of the warm and moderate climate regions, including the United States, Europe, and Asia.
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Susan Asiatic lilies need at least 8 hours of sunlight every day. If you live in a warm and sunny area, you can plant them outdoors in your garden or flower bed. If you live in a colder climate, you should grow them in a pot and provide them with plenty of sunlight to help them develop beautiful blooms.
Keep your plants watered throughout the growing season. Water them once the soil is dry to the touch or wait until the top of the soil is dry to your touch. Water frequently to keep the soil moist, but avoid overwatering. Water your lilies in the morning, so the leaves will have time to dry before sunset.
Susan requires soil that is highly fertile and well-drained. A mix of rich loam and peat moss is ideal. The water pH should be between 6.5 and 6.8. If the pH is too low, add lime to raise it. If the pH is too high, add peat moss to lower it.
The Asiatic lily thrives in mild temperatures. It is generally recommended to grow them in temperatures between 65 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit. Chilling injury may occur in temperatures below 50 degrees Fahrenheit. Check the temperature recommendations of your specific plant to ensure that the plant is receiving the right amount of warmth.
Planting Forever Susan:
The best time to plant Asiatic lilies is in late fall, or in early spring. However, some of the hybrids can be planted at any time of the year. Plant them in well-drained soil and in a spot that gets some shade. You can plant them about 8 inches deep, as the bulbs may be quite large.
The Asiatic lily is known for its exquisite flowers which bloom for about a month. Some varieties can keep their flowers for up to 3 weeks. Its flowering period is from mid-June until July.
Susan lilies are simple to prune. If your plant becomes leggy, you can prune the plant back and let the plant re-grow. Leaves can also be pruned during the growing season, but this plant is not pruned like a shrub.
It is recommended to prune at least every two years. The best time to prune is immediately after the blooming season. The pruning should be done in the fall or late winter.
Propagating Forever Susan:
In order to propagate your plant by division, you can divide the clumps into smaller plants. Take the clump and remove the soil from the center of it. You can use a knife to do this.
You can use seeds to propagate the Asiatic lily. Gather the seeds from the flowers and plant them in the spring. Because the seeds are extremely small, you may need to use a light hand when sowing them.
Layering is another technique of propagating. It can produce new plants from a stem or root. You can use this technique to get more plants from your Susan Asian lily. Layering is the most common way of propagating this plant
Add fertilizer that is high in phosphorous or potassium to the soil before planting. These nutrients are often found in most fertilizers. Phosphorous and potassium are important for root growth. You can also find specific fertilizer that is high in phosphorous or potassium, if available.
In winter, the Asiatic lily should be kept indoors or in a greenhouse. You can also keep it in a cool cellar or garage. If kept outdoors, it may freeze or succumb to other severe weather conditions. Keep it in a location that’s out of the wind and protected from the cold.
Common Pests and Diseases:
When growing Asiatic lilies, you should be aware of the insects and diseases that afflict them. They are susceptible to caterpillars, aphids, mites, leaf miners, grasshoppers, thrips, scales, and borers. These insects can be harmful to your plant and should be dealt with right away.
You can protect it from the aphids by planting members of the allium family nearby. The alliums will repel the aphids, leaving your Asiatic lily alone. If your plant is already infected with aphids, you can rub them off with a piece of cloth or a paper bag. You can get rid of them by sprinkling the plant with mild soap, or by spraying it with hot pepper spray or dish soap.
Growing Susan lilies is a rewarding experience. The plants are hardy, attractive, and easy to grow. If you’re looking for a flower to brighten up your home or garden, you can’t go wrong with the Susan lily.
We hope that you’ve enjoyed learning about Susan lily.
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