Tree Lily Container Display

Tree lily pot display

Find out how to create a dramatic display of beautiful tree lilies in a pot.

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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.

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Follow these easy steps to create your own dramatic display with tree lilies.

While compact lily varieties have their place, tree lilies can't be beaten for sheer spectacle.

You will need

  • Lily bulbs
  • Pots – go for a fairly large, deep container that can fit at least three bulbs to get a decent display
  • Peat-free, multi-purpose compost
  • Liquid feed
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Step 1

Lillies can be potted up to grow on in a cool greenhouse, for early flowers. Fill a container two-thirds with compost.

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Step 2

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

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Step 3

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.

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Kevin Smith says…

Position this container among others that include tall plants – they’ll help to disguise the stems of the lilies, which can sometimes look a bit scruffy in comparison to the beautiful blooms at the top of the plant.

Kevin Smith