do I need to cover my lil bulbs in sand when I’m planting them ( no I haven’t already done it) or lay them on a bed of grit then back fill them ? the Info I’ve looked at isn’t very clear and the more I look the confusing it’s becoming
what bulbs are you planting Dave? I chuck a handful of sharp sand in the hole and put the bulb on top, sometimes pending on what I am planting I chuck another handful on top of the bulb. If you have heavy / clay soil I work some compost into the soil first.
Thanks perki, they are Lilium Regale and star gazer, my soil is heavy so I’ll use sharpe sand instead of grit. Thank you for your help ! Much appreciated
Use both sand and grit Dave , Dig plenty of sand / grit / compost into your soil Lilys require very good drainage during the winter months are they will rot. Sit them on a shallow bed of sharp sand not more than a inch, push the bulb into the sand and give it a gentle twist and chuck some more sand on top, it is more important whats under the bulb than above. keep a eye out for slugs nibbling the shoots off when they first emerge.
I have both these lily's but grow them in pots, after they have finished flowering I leave them round the back of the shed out of the way. I have some in plastic pots as well which I sink into the ground where I want them to flower that year.
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Thank you once again , so both it is ! I like The pot idea too ! I may give that a go as well and see what does best over the next few years, Cheers