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 tree 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 Oriental 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.
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By Louise Madden 29-08-2013
Wonderful exotic style blooms - add real pzazz to the garden/patio.
By Jonathan Spencer 10-08-2013
Wonderful display of huge flowers with an almost overpowering scent. Fantastically showy flowers in first year.
Regarding Jane Forster's warning about slugs and lily beetles, I, too, have been plagued by these pests and the red lily beetle must be the most disgusting one of the lot.
I was determined that this year they would not get my plants which are all in containers, so I applied a good slug repellent as the lilies were shooting and applied a good bug spray that claimed to kill lily beetles after the plants had developed but well before flowering. Touch wood, it worked and there is only minor pest damage and, most importantly, no sign of the filthy damage by lily beetle. OK, it's not organic but far preferable to the havoc wrought in the past by these little devils when I have tried to control them by picking them off by hand.
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