Lilium (Lilies) is the perfect plant for a first-time grower to test flower business and market opportunities. Lilies are incredibly easy to grow in cool temperate areas and have round-the-year demand. It thrives well in wet soil in a greenhouse and takes just three months to be ready to harvest. High-market season starts from September until February. For a grower, May-June would be the best season to prepare the seed-beds. High-yielding variety of imported bulbs from Europe, especially the Netherlands and some Asian countries command the best price.

Getting started with flower business is simple – just enough for seeds and supplies and can start growing in a tiny backyard with some sheds or on bigger poly housing setup. It can be a part-time business or even be run by families, stay-at-home moms, retirees, and unemployed youth.

Preparing for Plantation

Lilies grow best in the sun or partial shade and thrive in moist, well-drained soil with good air circulation. When preparing the soil, add organic matter like compost and well-aged manure into the soil. Select the bulbs carefully to identify high demand varieties for maximum profits.

  • Sunlight: Full sun to partial shade
  • Maturity: 3-4 months after plantation
  • Height: 1 to 6 feet
  • Spacing: 8 to 12 inches apart in all directions

Growing and Caring for Lilies

The rule of thumb is to plant bulbs three times deeper than the diameter of the bulb, approximately 6-9 inches deep. Use any organic fertilizer with less nitrogen. You can mulch with several inches of organic compost or shredded bark to keep the soil cool and moist.

The most common insect problems are tiny whitish mites, which feed in groups and stunt growth, resulting in yellow or deformed leaves and flowers. Avoid overhead watering whenever possible and use organic fungicides to prevent infection.

At Himalayan Florica, we offer end-to-end farming support service, right from preparing seedbeds, supplying high-quality flower bulbs, plantation and nursery training, to selling the final products. We are associated with a vast network of growers associated under different buy-back agreements and partnership programs. Reach out to us at info@himalayanflorica.com for any query, requirements, or general discussion.