The potting shed
To lift or not to lift
The potting shed
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.
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.
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.
Same here,too many pots of bulbs to empty out
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.