Category Archives: Soil type

How and what to plant Roselilies in

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Roselilies need an acidic soil, but you say plant them in a multi-purpose compost if planting in pots. Please can you clarify this for me?

Good morning,

Yes Roselilies do prefer an acidic soil if planting in the garden. However, for planting your lily bulbs in pots we do recommend a Multi-purpose Compost mixed with John Innes No.3 but if you have an ericaceous compost then that’s fine too!

We advise using this mix of Multi-purpose compost and John Innes No.3 for planting your lilies in pots as the Multi-purpose compost contains natural plant feed and nutrients to encourage strong growth of your lilies and it is weed free. The John Innes No.3 is ideal for your lily bulbs as it is loamy and free-draining but heavy enough to give pots stability. If you are planting with an ericaceous compost, then just ensure you have plenty of drainage for your lily bulbs. Hope this helps.

Loraine Hart

Which soil type for Tree lily bulbs

This question was asked by
R. Fleckner

Will my Lily bulbs grow in a fairly heavy soil and without ericaceous compost. The border was composted thoroughly a month ago.
I ask because I’ve never grown lily bulbs before!

Good news, Tree-like lily bulbs are happy in any soil type as long as it is free-draining. These gorgeous lilies don’t like to get waterlogged. Hope that helps.

‘Tree like’ Lily Bulb Collection (Pack of 12 Bulbs) (harts1152)
Loraine Hart

Soil for Double Oriental Lily ‘My Wedding’

This question was asked by
Susan Matthews

Should these be potted using ericaceous compost as they are going in tubs? Many thanks

Hello Susan,

Yes, Oriental Lilies like ericaceous (acidic) soil. You can try mixing it half and half with John Innes No. 3 for best results.

Happy Gardening!
Loraine Hart

Compost for Lankon Lily

This question was asked by
Pauline George

I have received my order today including a Lankon Lily, can you tell me if it needs acidic or alkaline compost as I cannot find it on the website at the moment.
Thank you

Hi there,

We advise using an acidic soil for Lankon, John Innes No3 mixed (50/50) with a multi-purpose compost would work brilliantly.

Best wishes
Loraine Hart

Which soils for different lilies?

This question was asked by
Lynn Francis

Could you please tell me what is the diference between soils? It gets confusing. I have been having success growing my lillies in John innes 1- 2- 3
and also Miracle grow compost, which seems to give me better results. I have been growing in containers, but I am planning to remove and plant in the ground,
Will this be better for the lilies?

Hi Lynn

If you are planting them in the garden you must have well-drained soil. I would need to know which varieties of lilies you have to advise which soil is best. Orientals need an Acidic soil. Asiatics lilies require an Alkaline Soil. Really, if you have a well-drained soil, replant them in the garden and see how they grow, you can always put them back in pots if they don’t do so well. I hope this help.

Loraine Hart

Tree like Lily Bulb Collection (Pack of 12 Bulbs)

This question was asked by
Mrs Margaret Brown

How do I plant tree lilly bulbs?
How deep, space apart etc?

Oriental Trumpet (Tree-like) Lily Bulbs should be planted in the Spring.

Find a location with full sun or partial shade with well-drained soil.

Oriental Trumpet Lilies can tolerate most soil types, Acidic or Alkaline.

Arrange the Lilies in an odd-number grouping.

If planting in the garden, plant the bulbs about 8″ apart. Space the groupings at least 3 feet apart.

If planting in pots, plant 3 bulbs in a 10-14″ ‘patio type’ pot using good-quality, multi-purpose compost.

Plant the bulbs with 4-6″ of soil above them.

Kind regards
Loraine Hart

Soil Preparation for Lilies

This question was asked by
Tony Reeves

My garden is an alkali clay, so I grow my lilies in a 10ft by 3ft raised bed. L. Lechtlinii and Orange Tiger thrive, but Asiatic lilies do not. What soil proportions do you recommend for your Asiatic lilies?

Hello there,

Thank you for your question. The ideal pH level for all lilies is 5.5 to 6.5. Mix in some John Innes No.3 with your soil and this should help with your Asiatic Lilies.

Many thanks

Asiatic Lily Bulb Collection (Pack of 12 Bulbs) (harts1154)
Loraine Hart

Tree lilies

This question was asked by
Deborah Dyson (Mrs)

I have two enormous tree lilies in pots which present problems in very windy weather, trying to keep them from falling over.

All your beautiful lilies seem to require acidic soil. Here in Dorset we have chalk and clay. Are there any which will survive and flourish on this kind of alkaline soil or must I continue with pots?

Hi Deborah

Tree-like lilies (Oriental Trumpets) will grow in any soil which makes them ideal for the garden. Just make sure the soil is well drained.

We have a great off on Tree lilies:

‘Tree like’ Lily Bulb Collection (Pack of 12 Bulbs) (harts1152)

Kind regards

Loraine Hart