Exotic lilies are a unique and beautiful addition for just about any garden that can properly grow them. With that said, properly growing exotic lilies is the hard part, as they require a certain amount of tender loving care and attention from the moment you begin to grow them to the moment they bloom in your garden. While each exotic lily requires slightly different amounts of attention, there are a few general things that can be done to all of these exotic flowers to help their ability to grow to their fullest potential.
When purchasing exotic lily bulbs, make sure you feel them, checking for any soft or moldy spots. Do not buy bulbs that have already sprouted or have any type of new growth, as this can lead to them dying much more quickly the bulbs that have not begun the growing process. It is also usually best to buy or plant exotic lily bulbs in the Spring or Fall, as there are less extreme temperatures.
Before planting your exotic lily bulbs, soak them in a vitamin solution and water for 2 hours. While they soak, dig holes that are two to three times as deep as the height of the bulbs. When you plant the exotic lily bulbs, they should be 3 to 4 inches below the ground's surface. Line the bottom of the hole with bone meal before putting the exotic lily in the hole and covering it with dirt.
Make sure your exotic lilies receive full sun as often as possible. Make sure you strain the soil when watering it, so that it doesn't end up soggy, as too much moisture will kill the lilies. If you're going to use fertilizer, do so before the flowers bloom, when the exotic lilies are beginning to sprout out of the ground.
When the exotic lilies bloom, be sure to clip them a third of the way from the stem, so that you don't weaken the bulb.