Planting Logiflorum Oriental Lilies

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When do I need to plant Longiflorum Oriental Lilies and do they need ericaceous compost?

Here is a brief guide to planting LO lilies:
• Longiflorum Oriental Lily Bulbs should be planted ideally in the Spring.
• Find a location with full sun or partial shade with well-drained soil.
• Longiflorum Oriental Lilies can tolerate most soil types, Acidic or Alkaline.
• Plant the bulbs with 4-6″ of soil above them.

Loraine Hart

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Growing Lilies in Pots

Growing lilies in pots is a great way to add a pop of colour to your gardens. You can then choose to keep them in their pots or replant them into your flower beds throughout the growing season.
For best results put your pots in a spot that gets a lot of sunlight throughout the day and ensure the soil is well drained. Lilies don’t like standing in water! In fact, you only need to keep them moist, sometimes water every few days, meaning in rainy periods you may not have to water them much at all.
Dwarf lilies/Pot Lilies and other short stemmed lilies tend to be popular as pot choices as they fill out with flowers. If you want taller plants, AsiaticsOrientals and Trumpet lilies can grow nice and tall with an abundance of flowers on the top. Just check the height of each variety as they can vary. Our website gives you the average height for each lily.
Ensure your pot is big and heavy enough as some varieties can become tall with lots of flower heads, this will prevent them from falling over from strong winds. You can add rocks or pieces of broken pots to the bottom to help with your drainage . If you don’t have sufficient drainage in your pots your plants could rot. Once your lilies have flowered and died back ready for their cold-dormant stage through-out the winter months, it’s a good idea to tilt your pots on their side to prevent waterlog. More advice can be found on our website.

Will your Pollen-free Lilies flower in the first planting season, and are they ok in pots?

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I’m interested in your pollen-free lilies. Will the bulbs in your range all flower in the first planting season?
Are they OK in pots – I have a bad snail and slug problem?

Hi there,
Yes all our Pollen-free lilies including the Roselily series will all flower this year. We dispatch our bulbs at the end of February ready for planting immediately. You will then see your flowers in bloom in the Summer months of this year (depending on which variety you choose).
We have some great Roselilies that are pollen free and all our lilies are ideal for pots. We have more advice on how to plant on our website.

Loraine Hart

Are there any permanent cures for lily beetle?

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Got any good permanent cures for lily beetle?
Also planting new raised beds with spent mushroom compost as the main soil. Would like suggestions based around orange/yellows lilies?

Hi there
We often advise on using Bayer’s Provado ‘The Ultimate Bug Killer’ Spray on the foliage. If you do not like using insecticides then spraying with diluted fairy liquid or crushed garlic in water. Crush a whole corm of garlic in a small pan of boiling water. Allow to cool, strain and put in a small container in the fridge. When using, dilute three parts water to one part garlic solution. Spray often, every few days, especially when it has rained. There is a garlic product available in garden centres and stores, but this is a much cheaper alternative.
Regarding the mushroom compost, avoid Orientals Lilies as these prefer acidic soil. Asiatics, Longiflorum Asiatics, Oriental trumpets and longiflorum lilies will do well in your raised beds.
Loraine Hart

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