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Lily bulbs should be planted quite deeply, so choose a large pot and half fill it with good quality, peat-free multipurpose compost. Place five or six lily bulbs on the surface, with their roots on the compost and their growing tips facing upwards.
Cover the bulbs with a generous layer of compost, taking the compost level to around 5cm below the pot rim. Firm well and water thoroughly, adding more compost afterwards if the level falls.
Finish with a layer of gravel or horticultural grit to help keep the compost moist. Keep the pot in a greenhouse or sheltered spot while the bulbs develop, tying tall varieties to canes as they grow. Move the pot to its final position when the plants are ready to flower.