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By Elless

West Midlands, United Kingdom Gb

Last year I had a beautiful lily regale in a pot. In the autumn the dog pulled it out and brought it to me in the lounge :) I replanted it but also as the seeds were ripe I scattered those over the compost in the pot. The lily didn't survive but I have at least 50 little lily seedlings in the pot now. What is the best thing to do with them now? They are about an inch to an inch and a half tall and it is a 12 inch pot.



Leave them until you can pot them up individually. They take a while to get to flowering size - maybe two years, so patience is needed!

7 Jun, 2011


Leave them in the pot for now. Next summer, when in growth, decant the whole of the contents of this pot carefully into a larger pot. As this pot is 12" diameter you may have to carefully divide the clump into smaller portions. The following summer the bulbs will be large enough to pot on individually or to plant out.

7 Jun, 2011


Thankyou both for the info. Unfortunately the pot they are in has turned out not to be frost proof and is just about holding it's own. I don't think it will survive another winter. Would I be best to bury the pot in the garden or even in a bigger pot rather than trying to transplant now?

7 Jun, 2011


Is the compost firm, Elless, ie would it hold together if you removed the old pot? If so, then you could consider pulling the old pot appart and lifting the block of compost into a new pot. On the other hand, 12 inch is probably a bit large to handel safely so your own idea of planting the whole pot in the ground for a year is a better one.

7 Jun, 2011


Thankyou Bulbaholic. Not sure whether compost will hold together so I think I will just bury the pot, most likely into a bigger pot as it would be easier to protect from a clumsy labrador and maybe squirrels. Not sure whether they would be interested in such tiny bulbs though.

7 Jun, 2011

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