This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V23", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
It is now believed that the disease of the lily and gladiolus, by which they lose their leaves before they are mature, arises from the hot soil in which they are grown. There is but little doubt that if the soil be well mulched, lily growing would be more of a success.
In collecting L. superbum, a few years since, I found one growing in coarse sand washed from the road, and it was three or four times larger than average bulbs, and a lot of several hundred collected from a bog that had been sanded and planted with cranberries, were nearly all extra large and fine. These were growing in a mixture of sand and muck and a rank growth of grass, etc. around them, and with ditches to keep the water at a certain level. Lilies are so likely to rot from manuring that there is some difficulty in keeping up the fertility of the soil, and I had thought of applying a very weak solution of guano. Will there be any danger from its use? [Perhaps so. - Ed. G. M.]