Planting Instructions for Convallaria (lily of the valley):
|Bloom Time: Spring
||Light: Part shade to full shade
|Soil: Average to humus-rich, moist but well-drained
||Moisture: Average to moist but also drought tolerant
|Planting Depth: 1 to 2" deep, mulch lightly
||Spacing: 15 - 18" or more, will spread to form a dense colony
Upon arrival: Unpack box and check that you have everything on your packing list. If condensation has formed on the inside of the bag, open and let it air out slightly. Plant everything within a day or two of arrival.
Soil/Location: Plant Convallaria in part to full shade in average to humus-rich, moist but well-draining soil. Add compost or peat humus to enrich and loosen the soil if needed, but they are fairly adaptable to almost any shady location. In heavy soil or really dry soil they won't spread as much, but in loose, rich, moist conditions they will form a very dense colony.
Moisture: Convallaria is tolerant of a wide range of conditions so long as they are not extremely wet. Average moisture is fine and they are relatively drought tolerant once established. Allow the soil to dry out a little between watering.
Spacing: 15 to 18" apart or more
Depth: Plant your lily of the valley with the horizontal roots about 1 to 2" below soil level and then mulch lightly after planting. They spread underground, so none of the roots or pips should be showing above the soil after planting.
General Instructions: Enrich your garden with compost or peat humus, as needed, and mix a couple teaspoons of garden food or bone meal into the planting hole. Plant the roots at the depth listed, then water in lightly. Convallaria prefer a slightly dry start so we only water them in once and then wait for their foliage to start growing. Once they are actively growing it is alright to give them supplemental water as needed to keep them from wilting, but once established they are fairly drought tolerant.
Landscape Uses: Lily of the valley works great when planted as a solid groundcover in a foundation planting, self-contained areas, under trees or between shrubs. They can easily overpower smaller perennials or groundcovers and will come up through other plants like hostas, so we recommend planting them in a spot where they won't bother other plants. Plant a batch along a pathway or border where you can enjoy the beautiful fragrance when passing by them in the spring and early summer.