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Lilies in large pots

i have 3 large pots with different varieties of lilies. This year they have been very poor with little if no flowers, and the leaves have been munched by lily beetles. I wonder whether I take out bulbs and repot as could larvae be in the soil. Advice welcome.


  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 49,015
    Hi @louise.colley. The lily beetles are a real pain.
    It can be a good idea to lift lilies, and inspect them , but they might just need dividing and repotting, as they can multiply quite rapidly and that can lead to a poorer display too. If they're in pots long term they need the soil replaced/refreshed every year anyway, and a liquid feed once they go over helps them too while they die back. 
    The beetle larvae aren't usually visible at this time of year, but you may see some adults which you can dispatch to make it easier for next year  ;)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

  • Thanks so much @Fairygirl
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