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How to grow Regal lilies

Updated on January 27, 2013

The White Regal Lily

The white Regal lily is certainly a stunner in any garden, and even though it looks exotic it is very easy to grow. The White regal Lily’s perfume is beyond compare and the bulbs can be kept from season to season, making it very cost effective. The bulbs can be planted in the autumn or the spring.  I personally find spring planted bulbs perform well, as long as they are firm. The White regal Lily looks very good in containers, as long as the soil drains well. White regal Lily’s prefer to sit with their feet in the shade and their heads in the sun, so a container makes it easy to move them around to accommodate their needs.

 

The perfume is amazing

An Oriental lily, the perfume was smelt all around the garden
An Oriental lily, the perfume was smelt all around the garden

How to grow Regal Lilies

1. Fill the bottom of a large pot with plenty of broken crocks, to provide good drainage.
2. Place the bulbs 2.5cm to 5 cm apart on a layer of compost, with the pointed tip uppermost.
3. Spread out the roots, cover the bulbs with compost. Water well and keep the compost moist.

To care for your Lily is to make sure the compost is kept moist throughout the growing season, and encourage beautiful blooms by applying a high potash tomato fertilizer. If using a liquid feed take care not to splash it on leaves or stems. After flowering, you must keep the pots watered for a few more weeks until the leaves begin to die down. This allows nutrients to be taken back into the bulbs. Store the pots somewhere cool and dry for the winter.

 

Planting Lily Bulbs

Caring for your Lilies

So easy to grow yet they look so stunning
So easy to grow yet they look so stunning

Pests

There are two main pests for lilies and they are slugs and the red lily beetle.  As soon as the lily breaks the surface of the soil you must use a barrier against slugs.  A few rinds from citrus fruits placed around the lily will capture most slugs, as will a beer trap. If growing in a container then copper tape placed around the rim of your pot will stop the slugs.  The red lily beetle is not hard to spot, with a red body and black legs; they can turn a lily into a leafless mess in less than no time. The removal of the leaves deprives the plant of food production which severely weakens it and may prevent flowering the following year, or in severe cases kill the plant. . From spring to autumn the adults and larvae feed on the foliage, flowers and stems. The only way to deal with them is to pick them off. This may be time consuming, but it is better than using chemicals, which doesn’t always work.

 

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      jayjay40 6 years ago from Bristol England

      Thanks for the comment theherbivorehippi

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      theherbivorehippi 6 years ago from Holly, MI

      Great tips! These are beautiful flowers!

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      jayjay40 6 years ago from Bristol England

      Thanks for the comment k, nice of you to drop by

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      K Partin 6 years ago from Garden City, Michigan

      hey JJ, great hub I will share this with my wife, she is VP of her garden club, she'll enjoy it. Thanks K.

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      jayjay40 6 years ago from Bristol England

      Thanks mulberry1, I am glad you enjoyed this hub.

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      mulberry1 6 years ago

      These are beautiful, thanks for the tips!

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      jayjay40 6 years ago from Bristol England

      Thanks D A L I'm glad you enjoyed the hub. Here's hoping spring will soon arrive so we can all get on with some gardening

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      Dave 6 years ago from Lancashire north west England

      jayjay, another one of your helpful and enjoyable hubs. Thank you.

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      jayjay40 6 years ago from Bristol England

      Thanks for reading my hub Lynda, always great to hear from you

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      lmmartin 6 years ago from Alberta and Florida

      Beautiful blooms and great advice for gardeners. Thanks. Lynda

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      jayjay40 6 years ago from Bristol England

      Thanks Amber always great to hear from you

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      Amber Allen 6 years ago

      They are such beautiful flowers and great tips too!

      Amber:)

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      jayjay40 6 years ago from Bristol England

      Thanks for the comment ethel, much appreciated

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      Eileen Kersey 6 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Lovely flowers. Great information for would be gardeners

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      jayjay40 7 years ago from Bristol England

      Hi suziecat7, Great to hear from you and thanks for the comment.

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      suziecat7 7 years ago from Asheville, NC

      I've always been partial to lilies. Thanks for this happy Hub (happy that winter is over) :)

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      jayjay40 7 years ago from Bristol England

      Thanks Sandyspider and Hello hello, for your kind comments.

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      Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

      This is one of my favourite flowers and thank you for your helpful tips.

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      Sandy Mertens 7 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      Thank you for this Spring Hub.

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