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I am a member of the RHS Lily Group. Not that that means much. A couple of years ago, perhaps more....whose counting? I lashed out. At the end of the day, I had spent around one hundred and eighty pounds on lily bulbs.. I had a fine show. Then disaster. I lost the complete collection albiet but a couple. No. Not that blighter the red devil, Lily Beetle. No. Mr slug. Tiny slugs had entered the pots via the drainage holes. I now use a piece of perforated zinc to cover the holes. Even so. somee little 'Buggers get through. So I find a frequent change of compost is good. Our friend the author of tis thread I feel was asking how to plant. Firstly good drainage, Secondly. Depending upon the types. Some liliums prefer alkaline compost. Some acid. then some will try and perform in basically any compost. So check out, what your new baby prefers. Then of course good drainage is of paramount impotance. Sadly so many bulbs rot away in overwatered pots.. Then select you lilies. Martagons in particular will rot in the dormant stage. So be careful. Might I advertise here. hwhyde.co.uk will give you fuller details. Bulb planting basics usually suggest plantin the bulb twice it's depth. For many liliums, especially the much larger bulbs. Plant them at six inches.
Hope this helps.
why are my carefully planted llillies coming up blind help!!
got to say lilies are easy, I pot mine up and just have done some in good large pots about 6/8 inches deep normal compost well covering the bulbs and even put some bark over the top, I have had others in pots for a few years now which I just put close to the walls when they go down haven't watered all winter but they are just starting to grow so will keep them damp don't drown them and just refresh the soil on the top each spring . They are so rewarding , yes I have had the odd lily beetle but they are so daft being slow and bright red , easy to see I just squash 'em (sorry) .. also planted some Nerines the same way they are also stunning flowering later in early autum ..
Although Nerines are planted with nearly there necks showing !!
I have lilles in tubs can I put them in the borders now as I think they would grow better