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Planting Instructions for Tricyrtis (toad lily):

Bloom Time:  Fall Light:  Part shade to full shade
Soil:  Humus-rich, moist but well-draining, woodland soil Moisture:  Average but consistent moisture
Planting Depth:  2 to 3" deep plus 1 to 2" of mulch Spacing: 12 to 24", depending on variety

Upon arrival:  Unpack box and check that you have everything on your packing list. Toad lilies should be slightly moist but not wet in the bags and should be planted within a few days of arrival. Plants shipped with the foliage intact in late spring should be given priority when planting, watering them in really good.

Soil/Location:  Plant your Tricyrtis in a shady spot in humus-rich, consistently moist but well-drained, woodland type soil. Add compost or peat humus to enrich and loosen the soil, if needed, amending the entire area for best results. Remember to keep the soil light and airy for perennials, so cover them with loose soil and don't pack them in after planting.

Moisture:  Tricyrtis has the best growth when given consistent moisture. They don't mind being wet once in a while so long as the soil drains good and although they are somewhat drought tolerant they shouldn't stay dry for too long or they will fail to bloom or even go dormant from the stress.

Spacing:  12 to 24", depending on the variety

Depth:  Toad lilies grow from new growth points that develop along the roots and will spread underground to form a colony with each new growth point forming a stem. These growth tips should be planted about 2 to 3" below the soil and then should be mulched 1 to 2" after planting. This helps keep them cool and prevents them from drying out too fast, plus helps to protect them over the winter.

General Instructions:  Enrich your garden with generous amounts of compost or peat humus 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 once. They should start to sprout after the soil warms up and then can be watered regularly, 2 or 3 times a week or as needed to keep them vigorous and prevent wilting.

Landscape Uses:  Toad lilies add an exotic look to the garden in late summer and early fall, when not many other plants are blooming, let alone in the shade. The blooms are best appreciated close up, so plant them along a path or make sure there is a diversion to lead you to them. Combine them with hostas, ferns, Pulmonaria, Dicentra, Actaea (cimicifuga) and other shade plants.

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