Lilly | Lilium hybrids

Lilium is part of the Liliaceae family and the genus includes almost 100 species that are distributed across all the temperate regions of the world. Smaller varieties such as the oriental hybrids and botanical species are ideal as container plants. The flowering period stretches from spring to summer, depending on the variety. The large, funnel-shaped flowers come in a every colour imaginable except blue. Lilies thrive in a bright position but not in direct sun. They need fertile, well-drained soil and will benefit from the application of a slow-release fertilizer in spring. They need plenty of water in summer.

Plant the bulbs in autumn or spring at a depth of about 10 cm (4 in) and store at a temperature of 5-10° C (41-50° F), keeping the soil moderately moist. As soon as the leaves begin to develop, move the pots to a lighter, warmer place. Lilies can be raised from seed or propagated from scales or bulbils in late summer. Containers should be moved to a frost-free place or protected against frost.

17. September 2014 by Dave Pinkney
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