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Overwintering lilies

KT53KT53 Posts: 8,952

I have a number of pots of oriental lilies.  The flowering stems have all turned brown.  What do I need to do for overwintering? Should I remove the flower stems, should I remove the bulbs from the pots...??



  • ElusiveElusive Posts: 992

    Your profile says your in the Gloucester area. I would let them die back completely (until the stem comes away without hardly any pulling)

    They should be fine left in the pots in Winter in a sheltered area.

  • I live in yorkshire and leave mine out in pots and in the garden and they come back

  • Hello,

    I'm new to the forum so if my question is on the wrong thread - Sorry.

    As a rank amateur I need to ask what I need to know to grow Salvia from seed.

    I have one of those miniature plastic covered greenhouses which works very well, and I guess this is the best place for the seeds to go through the winter?



  • KT53KT53 Posts: 8,952

    Hi Artful Codger,

    I don't mind you asking the question here but you'll probably get a better response if you start a new thread for your specific question.

  • Last bit of advicer I got about overwintering mine was wait for it to die back and leave it sheltered against a wall or something. First winter for mine so hopefully will go well, they were fantastic this year! 

  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,836

    I've always left mine in a sheltered spot to die right back as Mattbeer says.  In spring, a  little refreshing of the top 2 inches of compost and a feed or two and they'll be lovely.

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • I also try to leave mine in a sheltered spot outside, still in their pots over the winter every year and have done since I started growing them many years ago.

    Most of them make it through to the following year unless we get an awful lot of rain. I would advise raising the pots off the ground if you're not leaving them on soil to help them drain.





  • KT53KT53 Posts: 8,952

    I'm still waiting for the old flower stems to come away!  Will it do any harm to leave them right through winter?

    Also, one pot has masses of what look like small red bulbs on the surface.  Are these lily bulblets and if so how should it treat them?

  • ElusiveElusive Posts: 992

    Try giving them a pull downwards but not too hard, they should come away. Not too sure about the mini bulbs but I have heard that Lillies push these to the surface, maybe try potting them up?

    I guess they would take a few years to mature though

  • KT53KT53 Posts: 8,952

    The stems are hanging on tight!  If I pull on them it actually starts to lift the compost.

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