Growing Eremurus Bulbs

Eremurus, or foxtail lily is also known as desert candle. Growing anywhere from 3 to 8 feet tall, the giant flower spikes of the eremurus are striking and impressive to say the least. The bulbs are also just as remarkable, with long, spindly roots shooting out in all directions. Foxtail lilies thrive in the full sun. Although they tolerate light shade, they need as much light as possible in order for their tall stems to develop strength as well as height. As a bonus, eremurus have a light fragrance and are drought tolerant and deer and critter resistant.

Planting eremurus bulbs:

  1. In the Fall, choose a spot that is fairly sunny and that has nicely well-draining soil. Eremurus aren't difficult to grow but they will not tolerate soggy soil.

  2. Planting foxtail lily bulbs is fairly simple. Begin by digging a 5-6 inch deep and 10-12 inch wide hole.

  3. Place the bulb carefully into the hole, taking care not to break any of the long roots while angling them slightly down.

  4. Regarding the spacing between bulbs, when planting in beds, leave approx 1 foot between each bulb. Please note that eremurus prefer growing undisturbed in beds and can be tricky to grow in containers.

  5. After planting, water well so that the soil above the bulbs settles.

  6. If you live in a warmer climate, you may even begin to see foliage growth in the fall soon after planting. However, eremurus bulbs will begin to flower in Spring. After the flowers die down, the plant can enjoy a warmer rest period. You don't have to water too much during this rest period. Leaves will also die back and at this point, you can choose to tidy up the plant and remove the old leaves or just let nature take its own course.

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