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Lily 'Defender Pink'

Lilium, Oriental Lily

Hardy Bulb

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Offering a brighter future for lilies! Oriental Lily 'Defender' was consistently avoided by lily beetle over 2 years of extensive trials. We now have the confidence to call this the most lily beetle tolerant variety we've ever seen. The pretty, soft pink flowers come complete with the ever popular oriental fragrance that makes lilies superb for creating scented patio containers and cut flower arrangements. Height: 90cm (36”). Spread: 30cm (12”). Bulb size 14/16.

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Ideal For:
patio, scented gardens, exotic garden, cut flower garden
Flowering Period:
July, August
Position:
sun or semi shade
    • 5 lily bulbs

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    • Despatch: By end of May 2014
    • £9.99
    • 10 lily bulbs

    • SAVE £4.99  
    • Despatch: By end of May 2014
    • £19.98 £14.99
    • 20 lily bulbs

    • HALF PRICE  
    • Despatch: By end of May 2014
    • £39.96 £19.98

Oriental lilies prefer a moist, free draining, neutral to acid soil that is rich in organic matter. Prior to planting, add plenty of well rotted manure or garden compost to the soil to give your lilies the best start. When growing lilies in containers, use a loam based compost such as John Innes No.2. Lily bulbs should be planted at a depth of approximately 3 times their own height and 15cm (6") apart. Planting deeply helps to protect the bulb during particularly hot periods. Choose a sheltered, sunny position where lilies will grow with their heads in the sun and their roots in the shade.

Feed and water oriental lily bulbs regularly throughout the growing season, keeping them moist at all times. Deadhead faded blooms at the base of the flower where they join the stem to prevent the development of seed pods. When cutting oriental lily flowers for indoor arrangements, it is important to leave a third of the stem intact in order to feed the bulb for the following year.


After flowering leave the stems intact until they begin to yellow in autumn. Reduce watering and move containers of lilies to a cool, frost free position over winter. Lilies grown in borders can be lifted, cleaned and stored for the winter, however in mild areas most lilies should survive outdoors provided that the soil is not too wet. A mulch of well rotted manure or garden compost should be applied in spring. Divide and repot container grown lilies into fresh compost every other year.

Caution: All parts of lilies are toxic to cats.

Seeds and garden supplies will normally be delivered within the time period stated against each product as detailed above. Plants, bulbs, corms, tubers, shrubs, trees, potatoes etc are delivered at the appropriate time for planting and will be stated on the product page or in your order acknowledgement page and email.


Orders for packets of seed incur a P&P charge of £1.95.
Orders which include any other products will incur a P&P charge of £4.95.
Where an order includes both packets of seeds and other products a maximum P&P charge of £6.90 will apply - regardless of the number of items ordered.


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Reviews
  1. No more Lily Beetle!

    By Clare Leaton 02-04-2014

    After several years of my Mum putting up with the chore of ridding her Lilies of Lily Beetles and larvae she gave up and got rid of her pots of Lilies. I stumbled across this Lily Beetle resistant variety and got her some bulbs to try. Last year was Year 1 and I am pleased to say that they remained untouched by Lily Beetle's, so they were a success. They are shooting ready for this year so hopefully they will be a successful in year 2 also.

    Natalie
    04-04-2014

    Thank you for your review. I hope we can continue to be of service.

  2. Lily Defender Pink

    By Patricia Cross 15-08-2012

    beautiful large flowers, nicely fragranced, was my first attempt with oriental lilys, so happy with the quality & price. The day the buds opened to show these beautiful flowers was magical. thank you Thompson & Morgan

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