Asiatic Lily - Pink
Asiatic Lilies are prized for their giant, trumpet-shaped flowers. Lily bulbs are planted in containers and flower borders, and lily plants make the perfect summer flowers to add colour and cheer to the garden.
Asiatic lilies have a greater variety of colours including yellow, orange, red and almost-black (see our other listings for more colours). However they thrive in alkaline soil and are extremely hardy, so are easier to grow – simply plant the bulbs in the garden or in pots of peat-free multi-purpose compost.
So, plant in neutral to alkaline soil or multi-purpose compost. They need a sheltered sunny spot to thrive, and a deep pot if growing in containers. Plant lily bulbs from October to April. Stake taller varieties and protect all types from lily beetle. Allow the foliage to die down naturally after flowering.
Lilies do best in a position of full sun, ideally with their roots in rich and fairly moist, yet free-draining soil or compost.
How to care for lilies
Support tall-growing lilies with a plant support. As plants start to flower feed them with tomato feed every fortnight. This will encourage great flowers and help bulbs to perform well in the following year. Deadhead spent blooms to prevent the bulb wasting energy on seed production. The only exception to this is if you’re growing martagon lilies, which happily self-seed.
Never cut flowering stems right back to soil level. Just remove the top third. Leave the stems in place until they have gone brown as they will provide energy for the bulb. This rule also applies when growing for cutting.
Move pot-grown lilies to a shaded spot after flowering.