Tree Lilies

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Dottie May

Tree Lilies

Last year I bought 3 bulbs and put them in a large tub. They grew to about 1 ft but didn't flower. They then died back and I left them in the tub. This year they grew to about 4 ft and each bulb flowered magnificantly and lasted ages. What do I do now? Cut them back to ground level or what? Any advice much appreciated.

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witty

Leave and feed

Hi Dottie

My advice would be to remove any faded blooms but leave the remaining foliage to die down naturally, this will feed the bulb in preparation for next year's flowers. Give your lilies a dose of liquid feed. If you can put your pot somewhere to protect it from frost this will also help.

Witty

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Dottie May

Leave and Feed

Many thanks Wittie. I thought this might be the way to deal with them but wasn't sure. I have a small greenhouse so can put the pot in there over the Winter (if I can lift it) and give it a good feed and possibly cover it with fleece as I don't have a heater.

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witty

Bubble Wrap

That should do the trick. If you're not able to lift the pot some bubble wrap around it will help to protect from frost.

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Dottie May

Tree Lillies

Good idea Witty.

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Dottie May

Tree Lillies

Ooops - apologies, spelling mistake in previous heading.

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Honey

Tree Lilies

Well Dottie... I'd never heard of these and Googled them.

"These incredible Tree Lilies produce huge stems topped with masses of fragrant, trumpet shaped blooms. Over the years many offshoots are produced from a single hardy bulb, and they take on a shrub-like appearance reaching 2m (6' 6") tall over time. Fantastic in borders and large patio containers."

:o) They are certainly incredible and I fancy trying some at the back of my herbaceous border.

"Choose a sheltered, sunny position in moist, free draining soil. Plant lily bulbs in autumn with the pointed end facing upwards at a depth of approximately 3 times their height and 15cm (6") apart. When growing lilies, make sure that they are planted deep enough as this will protect the bulb during particularly hot periods. Alternatively, try planting lily bulbs in large patio containers in loam based compost such as John Innes No.2.

Feed and water regularly throughout the growing season. Deadhead faded blooms at the base of the flower where they join the stem to prevent the development of seed pods. After flowering leave the stems intact until they begin to yellow in autumn. This will help to feed the bulb for the following year. For the same reason it is vital to leave a third of the stem intact when cutting Lilies for indoor arrangements. A mulch of well rotted manure or garden compost should be applied in autumn."


;o) Remember all this Dottie cos I'll probably be asking you how to grow them next year !!

Honey :-x

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Dottie May

Tree Lilies

Many thanks for that info Honey. I've printed it off so I know how to look after them. I took a photo earlier in the year of mine and will send off to you. Again, many thanks.

 
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