“Tiny Bee” Asiatic lily (Lilium “Tiny Bee”) is a Lily Looks hybrid cultivar with upward-facing, bright golden-yellow flowers. Busy moms who want colorful summer flowers with minimal effort should know this and other Asiatic lilies are the easiest lilies to grow. While they bloom dependably year after year, the ability to bloom to their full potential can be influenced by how you plant and care for them.
“Tiny Bee” Characteristics
“Tiny Bee” lilies are shorter Asiatic lilies that grow to a height and width of only 12 to 14 inches, with stems that are covered with elongated, deep green leaves. They produce about six large flowers on each strong stem. The blooms, typical Asiatic lily flowers, have six petals each. Under ideal circumstances, the flowers last about 15 days.
Where to Plant “Tiny Bee” Lilies
“Tiny Bee” lilies are hardy in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 4 to 8. They bloom best when daytime temperatures are between 65 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit. Temperatures above 70 degrees can cause them to drop their flower buds. Where summer temperatures do not get brutally hot, plant them in a sunny location with at least six to eight hours of sunlight each day for better, longer-lasting flowers. In hotter climates where temperature warm quickly in the spring, plant them in partial shade where they get four to six hours of sunlight in the morning with shade in the afternoon. This helps the blooms last longer. They do best with their roots shaded from the sun. You can set small decorative rocks in front of them or plant them behind a low ground cover that will be just tall enough to shade the “Tiny Bee” roots.
How to Grow “Tiny Bee” Lilies
“Tiny Bee” lilies bloom in late spring and do not rebloom. Planting the bulbs 4 to 6 inches deep, depending on the size of the bulb, in organically rich soil in the fall should result in bright yellow flowers the following spring. Do not plant them any deeper than 2 to 3 times the height of the bulb. The soil must drain quickly or the bulbs will rot. Mix 5-10-5 or 5-10-10 fertilizer thoroughly into the top 4 to 6 inches of soil at a rate of 1/2 pound per 50 square feet before planting the bulbs. Plant them 1 foot apart in groups of three to five. Give them 2 or 3 gallons of water once each week or so if it does not rain. While they will rot in very slow-draining soil, the ground should not dry out completely. Spread a 2- to 3-inch depth of organic mulch over the bulbs to help retain moisture and keep the roots cooler in the summer. Mix 1 pound of fertilizer per 50 square feet of soil into the top 1 inch of dirt each spring when the lilies bloom. Remove the flowers as they fade but leave the stem until it dies and dries out on its own.
Overcrowded “Tiny Bee” Lilies
Divide the “Tiny Bee” lilies every three to four years to keep them blooming at their best. When they are crowded, the lilies will produce fewer and smaller flowers. Divide them in the fall after their stems die. Lift the mass of bulbs by pushing a gardening fork into the soil a few inches away from the bulbs and lifting them with the tines. Work the bulbs apart and replant them right away. Throw away any bulbs that appear diseased.