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

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

Growing tree lilies

This question was asked by
E. Wilson

I stay in the central belt in Scotland are Tree-like Lilies reasonably hardy and do they require special compost and do the bulbs multiply over time?

Tree lilies are very hardy, in fact they like a cold dormant phase and can tolerate down to -25 degrees. They are happy in any well-drained soil and will multiply over the years. After 3 years, remove the bulblets and replant.

Loraine Hart