Can I move my lily bulbs?

This question was asked by
M. Diana Mason

This year I would like to lift my lilies as they are in the wrong place. I would like to store them until next year, also I may move & I’m not leaving them behind! Wise or foolish?

Lilies like a cold dormant phase over the winter months but they do not like to get waterlogged (as this rots the bulbs). My suggestion would be to move the lily bulbs when the foliage has died down and transfer the bulbs to a pot/container potting with an Ericaceous/Acid soil type. This way they can remain outside during the winter months and you can then take them with you if you move. Just ensure the pot/container has good drainage and the lily bulbs don’t get too wet.

Loraine Hart