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To lift or not to lift

Hi there, 
I am unsure what to do with my lily bulbs over winter. Should I dig them out of the big pot that I grew them in or should I leave them where they are? Any advice would be much appreciated.


  • Pete.8Pete.8 Posts: 10,933
    Mine (Asiatic lilies) have been in the same pot on the patio for about 5 years.
    In winter I just put the pot behind a shrub to keep them out of sight.
    It's probably time to change the compost..

    Billericay - Essex

    Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit.
    Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 22,619
    I've never lifted lilies for the winter. I change the top layer of compost in the spring and feed tomato feed every 2 weeks in summer. They can be divided and re-potted when they get congested.

    They don't like to be too wet in winter so move them close to your house wall or cover them with something like a cloche or bubble wrap when there is a lot of rain.
    Dordogne and Norfolk. Clay in Dordogne, sandy in Norfolk.
  • Nanny BeachNanny Beach Posts: 8,591
    Same here,too many pots of bulbs to empty out 
  • Red mapleRed maple Posts: 885
    I leave mine in their pots, too.
  • I also leave my lilies in their pots over the winter. Each Spring I remove the top 3/4 ins of the soil and top up with ericaceous soil. I always plant my lily bulbs on their sides on top of a pocket of grit to help with the drainage. In the autumn I remove the dead stems and backfill the hole left with soil which seems to help deter the lily beetle up to a point.
  • We are told to lift dahlias in the late autumn. We have some now for 7 years that we have left in the ground and each year they have have flowered better than ever. So not lillies but dahlias and not lifted.
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