We live in western PA. We are wanting to grow our own black and golden colored lilies for a June 24, 2017 outdoor wedding. The wedding ceremony will be held at our home. Can we plan for these to be blooming for that wedding date, either by growing them in containers indoors or out? What is the best way to accomplish this successfully if at all? Is there a certain size and or age of a tuber that will be more likely to produce blooms? Any help with this would be greatly appreciated.
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I would recommend that if you are growing plants for a specific (and important) event like a wedding, that you have a backup plan.
If you are just now planting these and they are a new planting, it is unlikely that they will be able to bloom successfully for you. There is a chance, but the first year a plant is growing, you will often see fewer or even no blooms than when compared to an established plant.
A larger plant will be more likely to produce the flowers you need when you need them, but, again, if you are planting these new, larger plants are more likely to suffer from transplant shock and die.