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Lily 'Forever Susan'
Lily 'Forever Susan' Foever Susan Close Up Forever Susan lilies growing in our nursery
  • 1-2 items£1.75 each
  • 3-4 items£1.20 each
  • 5+ items£1.00 each

Lily 'Forever Susan' Asiatic Lilies

Lily Bulbs for sale

Latin name Lilium
Genus Lilium Asiatic
Colours Bright Orange with deep burgundy centre
Aspect Full Sun/Partial Shade with well drained soil
Height 90-100cm / 35-39"
Planting period Spring
Flowering period June/July
Soil Type Garden: Alkaline | Pots: John Innes No3
Bulb Size 16/18cm
Hardiness Very Hardy - H6 (-20°C to -15°C)
Delivery time Spring delivery (Feb to June 2021)
Also suitable for containers Yes
Scented No
Double flowered No
Border Position Middle/Back

Description of Lily 'Forever Susan' Asiatic Lilies

Forever Susan is a beautiful, striking orange headed Asiatic Lily with a deep burgundy centre. This lily can produce blooms at 10cm in diametre and can grow up to 90cm tall. Since its launch it has proven to be one of our best sellers, especially after it was mentioned by Loraine Hart on the BBC for the RHS Tatton Park Flower Show.
Forever Susan Asiatic Lily from the Gold Medal winning Harts Nursery

Planting and growing instructions: Forever Susan Asiatic Lily from the Gold Medal winning Harts Nursery

How to plant Asiatic Lilies

  • Lily Bulbs should be planted as soon as possible. Ideally in the Spring.
  • It is best to check the type of soil you have as different lily varieties like different soil. Asiatic lilies mainly like Alkaline soils. The AOA lilies are happy in any soil type. 

Planting Asiatic Lilies in the Garden

  • If planting in the garden, Asiatic lilies prefer a well-drained Alkaline soil. If you are unsure of your soil type, it's best to plant your lilies in pots/containers.
  • AOA lilies are happy in either Acidic or Alkaline soil. 
  • Arrange the Lilies in an odd-number grouping.
  • Plant the bulbs about 12-20cm (5-8") apart. Space the groupings at least 60-90cm (2-3ft) apart.
  • Plant the bulbs with 10-15cm (4-6") of soil above them.

Planting Asiatic Lilies in Pots

  • If planting in pots, find a location with full sun or partial shade. 
  • Arrange the Lilies in an odd-number grouping.
  • Plant 3 bulbs in a 10-14" 'patio type' pot using a good-quality, multi-purpose compost
  • John Innes No. 3 is ideal for lilies.
  • Plant the bulbs with 10-15cm (4-6") of soil above them.
  • Ensure there is adequate drainage. 

Plant care: Forever Susan Asiatic Lily from the Gold Medal winning Harts Nursery

  • Lilies can tolerate very cold conditions but they do not like to get wet.
  • If planting in borders in the garden, the soil must be well drained and, preferably, humus rich.
  • If planting in pots, make sure lilies are kept moist but do not get waterlogged.
  • Lilies prefer to be planted in a location with at least half a days full sunshine, if its a bit too shady they will lean their stems towards the sun.
  • Lily bulbs do not like to be dried out so they must be kept in soil at all times.
  • Try to plant your lilies where they will dry out after rain to prevent Botrytis, a fungus that spots the leaves. If you do see brown spots on your leaves, spray with a fungicide recommended for roses.
  • If planting in pots, it may be an idea to tilt the pots on their side in the winter to prevent waterlog.
  • When the Lily has finished flowering, cut any seed heads back and allow the foliage to die back naturally. Do not be tempted to cut the stem back until stems becomes hollow and brown.
  • After a few years of flowering, you may find the Oriental produces less blooms, it may be time to lift your bulbs and divide them by breaking off the bulblets. All the bulbs will then need replanting.
  • To prevent Lily Beetles from damaging your lilies, we recommend using the Lily Beetle Prevention Spray or making up your own and using the Concentrate. This Spray (Grazers G4) will also stimulate growth of your lilies. 
  • You can feed your lilies with a Tomato Feed to stimulate and strengthen your lilies when you start to see signs of growth. Make up your tomato feed with half the recommended dilution (written on the instructions on the bottle) and feed once every 3 weeks.

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Peach Lily bulb called Zulu:

This question was asked by
- Helen

Hi. I have trying to find a lily plant or bulb called Zulu. It is a peach colour with maroon specks. Would you have this or know where would? Many thanks Helen

Hi Helen

Unfortunately this is not a lily we supply. I do hope you find it. We have many other lilies available that are similar in colour, including:

Sweet Desire (SKU17735)

Forever Susan (harts1133)

Loraine Hart
Forever Susan bulbs:

This question was asked by
- S. Williams

Hello I bought 6 of the above named lillies from your stand at the Hampton Court Palace Flower Festival and I am delighted with them, so I wanted to let you know :-) I would send you a pic but Im not sure how to. Superb quality bulbs and stunning flowers. Thanks

That's so lovely to hear. We would love to see your photos. Please either send them to our email address by replying to this or you can share them with us to all our Facebook friends if you're on there.

The Hart Family
Asiatic Lillies to be ordered with Black Out:

This question was asked by
- Mike B

Good afternoon. I am thinking of trying to grow Asiatic Lillies in containers. I have already been thinking of ordering Black Out, but would also like maybe a couple of other suggestions from you as to varieties that I could include on the same order to put in a couple of other containers. many thanks for your help.

Hi Mike,
It really depends on the colours you like but if you don't mind which colours then we would suggest putting Forever Susan with Black Charm as a good contrasting lily. Or we would also suggest Black Eye as a real eye catching variety.

Forever Susan (harts1133)

Black Eye (SKU1773611)

Kind regards

The Hart Family

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