Lily of the Valley
Spring Planting: this product will be shipped late April through May according to your hardiness zone.
Convallaria majalis. Perfectly bell-shaped pendant flowers in stark white have one of the sweetest perfumes imaginable. Beautiful and tidy dark green foliage forms a thick dense carpet once established. Height 6-8". Plant pip.
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Sold as: Pkg of 12
It is a good idea to soak any bare-root perennials in water for a few hours, but not more then a day, before planting. Add organic matter to the area and provide good drainage unless the plant variety enjoys wet roots. Unless otherwise specified, bare-root perennials are usually planted with the crown (where the shoots meet the roots) an inch below the soil surface. Firm soil gently to eliminate air pockets and water in well. Mark the area clearly since it may be awhile before the plant shows itself.
Soak pips in warm water for 2-3 hours before planting. Plant the rhizomes (pips) on their sides, 1"-2" deep and 4"-6" apart in very early spring or fall.
Grow in rich, well-drained soil; full to part shade. Note: Lily of the Valley can be difficult to establish in some areas. It often is more successful to plant the pips (5 per 8" pot) in pots of potting soil and get them growing before planting outside in late spring. Mulch heavily in fall with compost. After a few years, if bloom becomes sparse, lift some of the pips and divide them.