Solution of the month
Q Do I need to repot my lilies? They didn’t do well last year.
LYNDA CAVENDISH, BARNSLEY
ALilies should grow well in pots for several years with a minimum of attention and because they’re hardy, can be left outside all winter. They don’t need repotting every year but some, such as the Asiatics, with upright, scentless flowers, tend to divide rapidly and, if left too long, the crowded bulbs decline in vigour and reduce flower production. Now’s a good time to divide and replant your lilies, taking care not to damage the roots. Replant in fresh compost and remember that Oriental lilies need acidic (ericaceous) compost. Most composts have limited fertiliser so give extra feed in summer to maintain the size of the bulbs and flowers.