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Tree lily pot display


While compact lily varieties have their place, tree lilies can't be beaten for sheer spectacle. Each bulb develops into a striking plant in its first year, establishing to grow even stronger in subsequent years. Tree lilies are giants of the lily world. They produce thick, sturdy stems that can reach up to 2.4m in height in their their third year, compared to normal varieties at 90cm to 1.5m. They're generous too, producing impressive displays with each plant carrying up to 30 trumpet-shaped blooms.

Flowering time depends on planting time and growing conditions, with flowers opening as early as June or later into July and August.

Plant it: March
At its best: June to August
Takes just: 30 minutes

How to do it:

Adding compost


Lillies can be potted up to grow on in a cool greenhouse, for early flowers. Add crocks to the base of a container and fill two-thirds with compost.

Adding slow-release fertiliser


Scatter slow-release fertiliser granules on the surface of the compost and mix in with your hands.

Planting tree lily bulbs


Handle bulbs carefully when planting. Place bulbs around 5cm apart on the surface of the compost. Cover completely with compost, leaving the shoot tips poking through. Water well to settle the compost around the bulbs, and add more compost if necessary.

Our tip

Tree lilies are tall-growing varieties reaching about 1.2-1.5m in their first year, but far taller in subsequent years. in exposed positions, use short canes to provide extra support. Water frequently, adding a liquid feed once a week. Let the bulbs die down naturally in autumn.

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eileen townsend 04/03/2016 at 08:53

I have just planted my tree lily bulbs in containers, should i place them outside in the containers or leave in a cool greenhouse

Dave Morgan 04/03/2016 at 08:56

I'd put them outside eileen. Mine are in the garden and are already showing some growth. They're pretty tough.