Aftercare of lilies

This question was asked by
Florence L

The lilies I purchased from you late last year for planting this year have been outstanding. They grew exceptionally tall and healthy, had an abundance of blooms, and the scent was quite fantastic. They were without doubt a very great success.
As they’ve now finished flowering and the leaves beginning to turn brown, I’d be most grateful if you could advise me how best to preserve the bulbs for next year. Can I leave them all in the pots they grew in? Do I need to feed them in the winter?
I look forward to hearing from you when convenient.
Mrs F. Lloyd

That’s great to hear!
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. You can leave your bulbs where they are over winter – they do not need to be lifted. Just ensure they do not get waterlogged. You can even put your pots on their side to prevent this.

You can feed your lilies with a Tomato Feed to stimulate and strengthen your lilies when you start to see signs of growth again next spring. 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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Overwintering Lilies

This question was asked by
Melvyn

We were given 5 rose lily bulbs from your nursery earlier this year. We grew them in two 14” pots.They have now flowered and the leaves are beginning to go brown. What should we do if we want them to survive the winter and flower again next year?

How to care for Oriental Lilies
Lilies can tolerate very cold conditions but they do not like to get wet.
Lily bulbs do not like to be dried out so they must be kept in soil at all times.
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.
Lilies like a cold dormant phase throughout the winter so they don’t need lifting. However, do ensure they have adequate drainage and do not get waterlogged as this will cause the bulbs to rot.
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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How do look after lilies after flowering

This question was asked by
Jill H –

Had a fabulous show of Sabor and Amstad lilies that I ordered last November. What do I do now they have finsihed flowering? How far back do I cut them? Thanks

Hi Jill

Just cut off the lily flower heads and let the foliage and stem die back completely. When it has all turned yellow and hollow, it can be removed to the ground.

Leave the bulbs in their pot over winter and give them a fresh top up of compost. Protect them from getting waterlogged by tipping the pot on its side. Other than that – they are fine to be left outside over winter.

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Olympic Torch lily

This question was asked by
Mrs jennifer B

We bought a Lily called Torch with three other lilies in 2015, Is Olympic Torch the same. We nearly lost our original Torch, and have two surviving ones. Is it best to keep them on their own?

Hi Jennifer

Yes Olympic Torch is the same as The Torch.

You can mix your lilies – that’s no problem at all. If you are planting them in the garden, just double check your soil and the lily variety as some prefer acid and some prefer alkaline. Olympic Torch is an OT lily and is happy in either.

Lily ‘Olympic Torch’ (harts1132)

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Lilies

This question was asked by
Valerie P

In spring last year I bought a selection of lilies from you, they were fantastic last year and even better this year. They are all in pots, can they stay in the pots for another year or do I need to repot ?

Hi Valerie

Usually, you can leave your lilies for another year or so before they need repotting. Ensure, to give them a top up of fresh compost when they have died back and a diluted tomato feed when you see signs of growth next year. If you have found you had lots of spindly lilies coming through, then you can repot them and break off any baby bulblets.

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2nd year Tree lilies

This question was asked by
Sue T – 

I have some tree lilies in pots, this is their second year. The are quite top heavy and I was to move them into a border for next summer. When is the best time to do this?

Hi Sue

Once everything on your tree lily has died down, usually the end of Autumn, then you can transplant them to your borders.

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Tree Lilies

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Delivery

This question was asked by
Elaine A – 

Hi. I saw in your details that it says delivery spring time. Does that mean items purchased now will not arrive till that time ? Thanks Elaine

Hi Elaine

Yes – all lilies can be pre-ordered now to avoid disappointment for delivery in February.

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Lily Bulbs

This question was asked by
Felicity B

Hi,
When does you new lily collection come out? I always buy my lilies with you and can’t remember when you send the email.
Thank you!
Felicity

HI Felicity

I will be updating the website with new lilies in the next month or so. I will send an email to notify you when they have been added.

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