Return to the Lily Forum | Post a Follow-Up

 o
Lilies in pots?

Posted by johnsaunt 7 (My Page) on
Mon, Nov 6, 06 at 6:13

I got my first lily bulbs last year and was so anxious to see the beautiful flowers, but some #!$* varmint ate all the buds off my lilies before they bloomed. So today I dug them up, thinking I could put them in pots that I would be able to protect better. But then I read that they need to be planted at least 8" deep. Since they presumably need some space underneath the bulb, this means I need really, really deep pots. It seems to me that I've seen blooming lilies for sale at nurserys and they're in regular plastic pots that are about 6" wide and 6" deep. Is my memory faulty?

Does anyone have advice about growing lilies in pots?

Thanks, Ginny


Follow-Up Postings:

 o
RE: Lilies in pots?

  • Posted by hld6 z7 MD (My Page) on
    Tue, Nov 7, 06 at 20:00

Hi Ginny,
The lilies for sale in nurseries aren't expected to live in those small pots permanently. The bulbs in them are also packed in tight next to each other. If you want to grow lilies as annuals that would work fine, (I'd wait 'til spring then to buy them), but I don't think it would be successful long term.

But lilies can be grown in larger pots. I don't keep lilies in pots all year round, but I do grow spring purchased bulbs in pots over the summer (while I wait until Fall to make room for them in the garden). I plant 5 bulbs per 16" diameter pot. They bloomed great and looked really good on my cement walk. And I could rotate pots in and out as they came into bloom. If you want to keep them in pots over the winter I'd go with a pretty large pot to keep them insulated or move moderately sized pots into an unheated garage when the winter gets really cold.

You can plant lilies more shallowly in a pot since you don't have to worry about critters as much. Though the only squirrel damage I had this year was to bulblets planted in a pot right next to my front steps, (go figure). like you I put them in pots because I wanted to protect them. Since Lilies are stem rooting, you'll want to get the top of the bulb at least 4" deep.

-Helen


 o
RE: Lilies in pots?

I've grown some sort of lily in pots year-round for the past 10 years and they do just fine. Many of the asiatic, oriental, orienpet, etc., types are quite hardy and as long as you don't let them stay too wet in winter (need free draining soil and perhaps find a spot that stays fairly dry in winter so you can control the watering), they will do just fine in this zone in pots. A 12" square container (or 3 - 5 gallon round nursery pot equivalent) is ideal as a minimum size to start, as you can wait longer before dividing and that size tends to have a good depth for planting.


 o
RE: Lilies in pots?

I live in Tucson Arizona in the winter and upper Michigan in the summer. Brecks delayed so long in getting me my lily bulbs that I was in ARizona by the time they came. I am wondering what to do with them now. Can I plant them in pots here in Arizona-do I have to chill them-can they be replanted in Michigan this spring, or should I just keep them in the bags here and take them back to plant them in the spring? I am so irritated at Brecks that I will never order from them again. THey had plenty of time to get them to me in Michigan. They arrived here in ARizona the 2nd week of November. Anyway...what do I do to save them for Michigan? Thanks


 o
RE: Lilies in pots?

  • Posted by hld6 z7 MD (My Page) on
    Wed, Dec 6, 06 at 13:42

Hi Sue,

Yes lilies have to be kept cold (under 40 degrees F) for a couple months to leaf out the following spring. (They need to "vernalize".) You can keep them in a refrigerator stored in just moist peat moss (not wet), and away from the ripening gases of other vegetables. Frankly you might want to call Brecks' customer service. While its not their fault you go to Arizona for the Winter, even if you didn't, most shippers send out to the colder zones earlier because the ground gets too hard to dig and may be buried under snow. (I'm assuming the bulbs were shipped to Michigan rather than Arizona.) I'd ask them to let you return the bulbs and have them refund your money or send you a new shipment in the spring. It's unreasonable to expect you to go to a bunch of effort and inconvenience vernalizing your bulbs that you weren't planning on.

-Helen


 o
RE: Lilies in pots?

Thank you for your reply, Helen. I think Brecks is not interested in my problem, as I repeatedly contacted them whent the bulbs didn't arrive in Michigan long after I expected them. My neighbors had ordered from other sources and theirs were safely tucked away in the garden and still mine had not arrived. They were forwarded to me in Arizona by the Michigan Post Office because I had left Oct. 28. I will try the refrigerator trick and meanwhile I will call them to complain.
If I do not receieve a refund I will discontinue ordering from them-there are too many good distributors out there to put up with this. Did I mention that I ordered these lilies in July? Ridiculous! Thanks again.


 o Post a Follow-Up

Please Note: Only registered members are able to post messages to this forum.

    If you are a member, please log in.

    If you aren't yet a member, join now!


Return to the Lily Forum

Information about Posting

  • You must be logged in to post a message. Once you are logged in, a posting window will appear at the bottom of the messages. If you are not a member, please register for an account.
  • Please review our Rules of Play before posting.
  • Posting is a two-step process. Once you have composed your message, you will be taken to the preview page. You will then have a chance to review your post, make changes and upload photos.
  • After posting your message, you may need to refresh the forum page in order to see it.
  • Before posting copyrighted material, please read about Copyright and Fair Use.
  • We have a strict no-advertising policy!
  • If you would like to practice posting or uploading photos, please visit our Test forum.
  • If you need assistance, please Contact Us and we will be happy to help.


Learn more about in-text links on this page here