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Lilium oriental mix

coppersendcoppersend Posts: 52
edited March 2019 in Plants
just bought a large bag of these oriental lillies.
I want to plant them in my Garden.
I live on the Sussex Coast
the soil is primarily chalk base.
I have put 3 ton of soil on top with copious bags of compost.
I am in the process of buying a PH tester.
Subject to what the tester reads would the bulbs survive in this type of soil.
I think the PH has to be about 3.8 to 9
any help would be appreciated

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  • JennyJJennyJ DoncasterPosts: 6,059
    pH 3.8 would be very acidic, even more than you'd need for ericaceous plants like rhododendrons.   With a chalk base your soil will tend to revert back to alkaline whatever you add, so your lilies might be happier in pots of ericaceous compost.
  • punkdocpunkdoc Sheffield, Derbyshire border.Posts: 11,203
    I think you need to reconsider pH.
    3.8 is uninhabitably acid and 9.0 the same but alkaline.
    Oriental Lillies prefer a slightly acidic soil, pH 6ish, but will be fine if neutral. 
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  • Hampshire_HogHampshire_Hog Hampshire Coast 100m from the seaPosts: 1,089

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  • LittlegrowerLittlegrower Posts: 80
    edited March 2019
    I have chalk soil too and my lilies all grow fine, never had a problem with any diseases or no blooms. I have asiatic, oriental and tree lilies. Some have divided happily on there own and others have a few stems per bulb. 
  • I have chalk soil too and my lilies all grow fine, never had a problem with any diseases or no blooms. I have asiatic, oriental and tree lilies. Some have divided happily on there own and others have a few stems per bulb. 
    Many thanks for your post
    It's a relief to know I can put these bulbs in my garden
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