So­lu­tion of the month

Q Do I need to re­pot my lilies? They didn’t do well last year.

Garden Answers (UK) - - Gourmet Grower -

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.

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