Last Summer we asked you to vote on Facebook for your favourite lily from some potential new varieties for 2019! Well, here they are in order of popularity. All these new lilies are available on our website to order for delivery in February 2019.
Having seen your displays at several shows both early and late in the seasons it is evident that you have some experience of ‘timing’ the flowering of certain cultivars. I am a keen grower of the lily (Orientals mainly) and also like to exhibit flowers at the local horticultural show, can you give any general advice regarding planting times/how to stagger those times to achieve flowers in bloom …say for early September
-most of mine want to start flowering in mid July and have been and gone by the end of
ps i’ll see you at Harrogate as usual
We would advise planting your lilies a lot later in the season for September flowering. Usually about 12 weeks before you wish to see them in flower, try planting yours early June and hopefully they will be ready for your display.
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, Asiatics, Orientals 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.
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?
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 ideal for pots. We have more advice on how to plant on our website.