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  • Wendy Porter-Ouellet

    Lily of the Valley....I had a lot of these at my old house, I miss them

  • Aisling Colby

    Grow Lilly of the Valley Indoors Buy "flowering pips" as these are larger than standard ones and designed for forcing. Fill your containers with good quality, well-drained soil. Almost any commercially available potting medium will work fine. Make sure there are adequate drainage holes so the soil does not become waterlogged. Here's an insider's trick: Soak your pips in lukewarm water before planting. The pips will absorb water, wake up and be ready to take off. Just take the plastic bag your pips are shipped in, add enough lukewarm water so the peat in the bag is saturated and leave the bag in your sink for a couple of hours. The pips should swell a bit and become hard. Before tucking your pips into the planting medium, snip the last inch off the roots. This will activate the roots, encourage moisture uptake and jump start the growing process. Plant your lily of the valley so the tops barely poke above the soil surface, about 1 1/2" apart. Don't wait too long, as pips can dry up if left out of the ground (and out of a humidity controlled cooler) for more than a week or ten days. Site your "pips" or bulbous roots where they will receive light to moderate shade. Indoors, a north or east facing window is a good choice. After planting, water generously, soaking the soil to settle it around the roots. Top growth will begin to form quickly, usually in just a week or so, depending on temperature. Warmer sites prompt faster growth. When in bloom, move your potted lily of the valley to a spot where you can enjoy it's tiny bells and sweet fragrance. Placing the pot next your your bedside in the evening is wonderful for encouraging sweet dreams. After your pips have bloomed feel free to replant them outdoors (see instructions above for choosing a site) so you can enjoy them for years to come. Tips: We offer two sizes of pips: the big, hard to find "flowering" size that blooms the first season and garden size. The larger pips are ideal for indoor forcing while the garden size pips are economical for outdoor garden patches and they settle in quickly to form a dense groundcover. To keep indoor lily of the valley (and most other indoor flowers) blooming for as long as possible, site them in a cool room/area. Heat speeds up most biological processes and that includes the bud-to-bloom-to-spent cycle for flowers. While your lily of the valley are in bloom take time to stop an smell them. Lean in and breathe in deeply. Repeat.

  • Marcia Ainzua

    Beautiful flowers.

  • Angela Bodkins

    Lilly of the Valley, my most favorite flower

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