The tree lily is a giant of the lily world, producing thick, sturdy stems that can reach up to 2.4m in height in its third year, compared to other varieties at 90cm to 1.5m. Tree lilies are 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.
You Will Need
- Tree lily bulbs
- Large pots
- Multi-purpose, peat-free compost
- Liquid feed
Lillies can be potted up to grow on in a cool greenhouse, for early flowers. Fill a container two-thirds with compost.
Scatter slow-release fertiliser granules on the surface of the compost and mix in with your hands.
Handle tree lily 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.
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.