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24/11/2011 at 15:28
I have just bought some lily bulbs and planted them in pots. They are growing very well and hopefully will enjoy their beautiful flowers soon. I always visit this site and read all informations regarding plants and try to apply it to my garden. As a beginner this feature is very useful and encouraging to me. I have now started to have confidence to grow any plants in my garden with the useful guides and information on this site. Thank you very much and CHEERS to Gardeners World.
24/11/2011 at 15:28
Thanks for all the great advice. We still have a great display of lillies in our pots. I am deadheading regularly. What next? When should I cut them down and what do I do with them over the winter?
24/11/2011 at 15:28
do lillys only flower once ? I have three tubs of lillys two tubs the heads are going black the other tub is very green and looks as though it may flower again ,should i just dead head all three tubs?
Lorraine
24/11/2011 at 15:29
i was given 6 sky scraper lilly bulbs by my mother in law. not really knowing wot to do with them, i planted all 6 together in a very large tub and waited. to my suprise they all grew and i have had a wonderful array of colour all summer. now all the petels have dropped off, im not sure wot to do next. do i cut them down or do they die back on there own? wot do i do with them over the winter? any advice would be greatfully recived. :-) x
02/09/2012 at 17:51
looking at the picture it looks as though you are cutting back down the stem below all the flowers. If I were to do this I would be cutting of atleast 12" of my plant.
Should I just cut off just below each flower
02/09/2012 at 18:06
Two of my tiger lilies have snapped off just above ground level while still in bloom. Have I lost the bulbs, or will they ever flower again?
03/09/2012 at 09:04

Hi, lillies are very forgiving and will shoot up in spring despite neglect(thank the Lord!)

I grow them in large pots on the patio purely to control the slugs and snails and also so I can enjoy them from the house in bad weather. I just wish I could control the dreaded lily beetle! I generally leave the stalks and leaves till they die down as I hope the bulbs will benefit. I give them a slow release feed in the spring and have never been disappointed. So chill, you'll have real beauties next year. They do not need any protection in winter(I am in the SE) although, occasionally I do top up the pots with spent compost.

03/09/2012 at 14:27

one thing to remember when dead heading lilies or in fact coming into contact with them is to be mindful that the stem ens will leave a nasty mark on you with their pollen.If they do best to brush off lightly do not wet.dead heading is just taking off the old head and beware of that dreaded Lilly beetle or you will have no lilies next year!

25/08/2013 at 13:26

i have 18 tree lillies that flowered beautifully, now the petels are dying off and im not sure how or where to dead head them. nor wether i have to cut them down to ground level when they die back completely. any advise.

25/08/2013 at 13:33

I always understood that you should not leave the seed pod on after flowering, just break it off and leave the stems to die back like you should all bulbs, to put back the goodness into the bulb. It works for me and my 5 pots of different varieties always flower well every year. But after flowering is the time to feed the pots/plants as it's taken a lot of energy to produce such beautiful blooms.

14/08/2014 at 18:47

I have 3 lilies in a pot, not sure what sort, but they grow up to a metre and flop, I stake them but it spoils their natural beauty, I gave them a drop of tomato feed every few weeks, could that bd why?

14/08/2014 at 20:00

It may simply be the variety you're growing - some of them are very tall and best in a border with other planting to support them or disguise any staking. The shorter varieties - up to about 3 feet - are best for pots, because they make a nice clump which will hold together well without support 

14/08/2014 at 20:30

Thanks fairygirl.

14/08/2014 at 20:50

Todays  project says -

Lilies are bursting into elegant and colourful blooms at this time of year. It's a dramatic sight, and one you can prolong by simply removing the flowers as they fade.

This says that it will "prolong flowering". It might tidy it up a bit but will it have any effect on flowering? Never knew you could get more flowers by "disbudding" with lilies.

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