Do lilies normally take two years to reach their full size?
These are some supposedly quite tall lily varieties, L 'Regale' and L 'African Queen' (both AGM plants), which I'd expected to attain five feet or so this year. In fact Regale has disappointingly got to just three feet and African Queen has reached only two feet or so. They are both budding and flowering well, but as you can see look very short. (The red one on the left is a complete mystery to me). If I were to keep these bulbs and grow them in pots again next year, say in some fresh compost, will they then (not including any side bulbs that may have developed) grow bigger and taller and more girthhful in the summer of 2010? Is this a normal thing for lilies to do? Some of my other lilies, which are flowering now in their second year, seem to have behaved in such a way. (This is a similar question to one I have asked before). ... Lovely perfume pouring out of the Regale right next to my door!
- 22 Jun, 2009