i have just seen a lily that i really like on your newsletter olympic torch if i ordered some from you now and planted tem would they flower this year or would i be better to wait for your february despatch and plant them then many thanks for your time denise
We are still sending our lily bulbs out and now is absolutely fine to still plant them for flowering this year.
Plant your lily bulbs as soon as you receive them and you will notice they will start to shoot immediately.
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I have been growing lilies in pots for 3 years, can I now plant them out in the border please?
Yes this is no problem at all. It may be a little late now for this year as they may have started showing signs of growth. It’s probably best to leave it until the Autumn when everything has died back.
When is the best time to start using lily beetle spray?
Start early using your lily beetle spray, I would suggest using it as soon as your lilies start showing through the soil. You may notice them on fritillaria first and this can be as early as March! We use Grazers repellent for Lily Beetle. This is a completely natural spray, very effective and must be used frequently for best results. A plus is it feeds the foliage as well and stimulates growth.
Believe it or not lilies can take quite a bit of drought. They really like to be well drained. Unless it’s very hot, then they only need watering once a week. If you are new to growing lilies, we would suggest trying the Oriental Trumpet Lilies to get you going as these are happy in any well-drained soil. Once you’ve started growing lilies, you’ll see how easy they are and you’ll be addicted I’m sure.
Any Oriental Lily has a fragrance, so look at Orientals, Oriental Trumpets Lilies (these are the tree-like lilies) and Roselilies. All these have wonderful perfumes. We find the whiter the lily the more fragrant it is.