Posted: 29/05/2013 at 22:57
I have tree lillies, but I have a really bad clay soil, and in particular where I wanted to plant was where all the water went! (The tree lillies were in pots for their first year) They are up against a retaining wall, like 6 ft high otherside is pavement, and at the bottom of my sloping garden. So what to do, bulbs rot in water, so here's what I did. I dug down maybe 2 to 3 foot. I then whacked in lots of manure, then a load of compost with soil on top, finally after I excavated the planting hole, I took an extra 3 inch off the bottom and filled with coarse gravel to the planting depth. I then popped the bulbs on top and covered as usual. This was last october, we have had plenty of rain and snow, yet all 12 of them are about a foot high so far. There is hope, you just need to be clever. They are actually roaring away this year, so I hope to get some great photos on here when they flower. Good luck, but remember, you can't control the weather, BUT you CAN control the soil!