How to grow and care for Sand Lily plants



This plant called Sand lilies actually grows across much of the open Montana forests, dry grasslands and sagebrush deserts of the western United States of America. These plants grow directly from an elongated rhizome buried deep in the soil. The sand lily plant is also known as star lily plant or mountain lily plant.

Sand Lily plants can grow in USDA plant hardiness zones 5 through 9. If you can really find the plants or seeds at a garden center or nursery that specializes in native desert plants, you are very lucky and you can grow these lovely desert wildflowers at your heart’s content. If you cannot locate the plant or seeds commercially, please enjoy sand lily flowers in their natural environment. Attempting to start wildflowers is rarely successful, and sand lilies are particularly difficult because the rhizome is so deep, and the seed is also below ground level. It may be tempting to try your hand at digging and transplanting (which is almost certain to fail), but remember that although wildflowers are fragile, they are an important part of an ecosystem consisting of butterflies and other pollinators, as well as birds and small animals.

Cultivation of Sand Lily plant
By peradventure if you have access to sand lily plants from a commercial provider, you can grow the sand lily plants in wildflower gardens, rock gardens, beds or borders. The plant requires rocky, well-drained, alkaline soil and also plenty of bright sunlight. Make sure you keep the plant slightly moist until the roots are established, however be careful not to overwater.

How to care for Sand Lily plants
Actually in the natural environment, the plant can survive punishing heat and poor, dry soil. Sand Lily plants care is easy because the plant doesn’t appreciate being fussed over. You can water the sand Lily plants only when the top two to three inches of soil are dry or when the sand Lily plants looks slightly wilted, as the plant will rot quickly in soggy soil. This plant generally requires no fertilizer, although if the growth seems weak in early spring, you can feed the sand Lily plants very lightly, using any balanced garden fertilizer.

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