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Tree Lily 'Pink Explosion' - 3 top-size Tree Lily bulbs

£ 6.99

This new variety of tree lily has sumptuous backward curving, pink petals and an exquisite fragrance to match. Tree lilies are the breathtaking result of years of painstaking breeding; these incredible varieties of Oriental lily can grow as tall as 25m (8ft) in as little as two years. One single bulb of Tree Lily 'Pink Explosioncan produce up to thirty 20cm (8") trumpet blooms and will take on a shrub-like appearance over the yearsThe sturdy stalks are almost 5cm (2") thick, so they won't need s

Tree Lily 'Starburst' - 3 top-size Tree Lily bulbs

£ 6.99

The shimmering gold, perfumed blooms of this exotic looking variety are flushed with crimson red for a truly lavish display. Tree lilies are the breathtaking result of years of painstaking breeding; these incredible varieties of oriental lily can grow as tall as 25m (8ft) in as little as two years. One single bulb of Tree Lily 'Starburst' can produce up to thirty 20cm (8") trumpet blooms and will take on a shrub-like appearance over the years. The sturdy stalks are almost 5cm (2") thick, so they

Tree Lily 'Yellow Rocket' - 3 top-size Tree Lily bulbs

£ 6.99

Beautiful silken yellow petals fade to their creamy white edges and form these exquisitely scented blooms. Tree lilies are the breathtaking result of years of painstaking breeding; these incredible varieties of oriental lily can grow as tall as 25m (8ft) in as little as two years. One single bulb of Tree Lily 'Yellow Rocket' can produce up to thirty 20cm (8") trumpet blooms and will take on a shrub-like appearance over the yearsThe sturdy stalks are almost 5cm (2") thick, so they won't need supp

Tree Lily Collection - 18 top size Tree Lily bulbs - 6 of each variety

£ 24.99

Tree lilies are the breathtaking result of years of painstaking breeding; these incredible varieties of oriental lily can grow as tall as 25m (8ft) in as little as two years. One single Tree Lily bulb can produce up to thirty 20cm (8") trumpet blooms and will take on a shrub-like appearance over the yearsThe sturdy stalks are almost 5cm (2") thick, so they won't need supporting and the foliage remains lush all season. It couldn't be easier. Grow them through shrubs in borders, against walls and

Tree Lily 'Collection' - 9 Tree Lily bulbs - 3 of each variety

£ 23.98

Simply amazing, our top-size lily bulbs produce huge stems with luxuriant foliage throughout summer, topped with masses of fragrant trumpet blooms. Our Tree Lily 'Collection' includes three dazzling new varieties, each with a delicious sweet fragrance. Reaching 1.8m (6') in as little as two years, plants will gradually multiply, taking on a shrub-like appearance and producing more blooms. A striking addition to the back of borders, tree lilies work well in large containers and can even be used t

Trumpet Tree Lily - 20 lily bulbs

£ 19.99

Huge, robust lilies for your borders. Towering specimens give pure white trumpets during summer, with freesia-like fragrance. You won't be able to resist these beauties!

Tree Lily 'Crystal' Collection - 9 top-size Tree Lily bulbs

£ 17.99

Enjoy a fragrant hedge of extra tall, double flowered tree lilies without the fear of staining your clothes and skin. Growing over 6ft by their second year and more in subsequent years, they will yield just as much colour, and just as much fragrance as the single flowered varieties, and their superb double blooms are completely pollen free! Height: 250cm (98"). Spread: 60cm (24"). Collection comprises: Tree Lily 'Monet' - Exotic blooms in soft shades of pastel pink. Tree Lily 'Cezanne' - Tropica

Lily: 'Crystal Tree Lily Collection' - 9 lily bulbs - 3 of each variety

£ 17.97

The amazing double blooms of this Tree Lily 'Crystal Collection' last twice as long as standard tree lilies. They're pollen free too so they won't stain your clothes like other varieties. These elegant giants can grow to 8ft tall - perfect for creating a fragrant screen or a focal point in the garden. Cut some of their tall stems to add to artistic cut flower displays indoors. Height: 250cm (98"). Spread: 60cm (24"). Supplied as size 18 - 20 bulbs.Collection comprises:Tree Lily 'Monet' - Beautif

Tree Lily Collection - 9 top-size Tree Lily bulbs - 3 of each variety

£ 14.99

Tree lilies are the breathtaking result of years of painstaking breeding; these incredible varieties of oriental lily can grow as tall as 25m (8ft) in as little as two years. One single Tree Lily bulb can produce up to thirty 20cm (8") trumpet blooms and will take on a shrub-like appearance over the yearsThe sturdy stalks are almost 5cm (2") thick, so they won't need supporting and the foliage remains lush all season. It couldn't be easier. Grow them through shrubs in borders, against walls and

Trumpet Tree Lily - 10 lily bulbs

£ 12.99

Huge, robust lilies for your borders. Towering specimens give pure white trumpets during summer, with freesia-like fragrance. You won't be able to resist these beauties!

Lily: 'Crystal Tree Lily Cezanne' - 3 lily bulbs

£ 11.99

Vibrant, tropical-pink, double lily flowers will make an exotic display in your garden this summer. The amazing large blooms of Tree Lily 'Cezanne' last twice as long as standard tree lilies. They're pollen free too so they won't stain your clothes like other varieties. These elegant giants can grow to 8ft tall - perfect for creating a fragrant screen or a focal point in the garden. Cut some of their tall stems to add to artistic cut flower displays indoors. Height: 250cm (98"). Spread: 60cm (24

Lily: 'Crystal Tree Lily Monet' - 3 lily bulbs

£ 11.99

Beautiful shell pink double lily flowers fade to a soft white at their centre with pretty cerise pink freckles. The amazing large blooms of Tree Lily 'Monet' last twice as long as standard tree lilies. They're pollen free too so they won't stain your clothes like other varieties. These elegant giants can grow to 8ft tall - perfect for creating a fragrant screen or a focal point in the garden. Cut some of their tall stems to add to artistic cut flower displays indoors. Height: 250cm (98"). Spread

Lily: 'Crystal Tree Lily Picasso' - 3 lily bulbs

£ 11.99

Striking white lily flowers with a delicate pink blush. The amazing large blooms of Tree Lily 'Picasso' last twice as long as standard tree lilies. They're pollen free too so they won't stain your clothes like other varieties. These elegant giants can grow to 8ft tall - perfect for creating a fragrant screen or a focal point in the garden. Cut some of their tall stems to add to artistic cut flower displays indoors. Height: 250cm (98"). Spread: 60cm (24"). Supplied as size 18 - 20 bulbs.Useful li

Tree Lily 'Anastasia' - 3 Tree Lily bulbs

£ 11.99

Simply amazing, our top-size lily bulbs produce huge stems with luxuriant foliage throughout summer, topped with masses of fragrant trumpet blooms. Tree Lily 'Anastasia' bears impressive nodding pink and white flowers with speckled throats, and has a deliciously strong sweet fragrance. Reaching 1.8m (6') in as little as two years, plants will gradually multiply, taking on a shrub-like appearance. Plant tree lilies in large containers or the back of borders - they even make a colourful summer hed

Tree Lily 'Cezanne' - 3 Tree Lily bulbs

£ 11.99

Exotic, fully double, blooms tower up to 6ft in their first year, and more in subsequent years. The tropical pink flowers of Tree Lily 'Cezanne' are completely pollen free, yielding just as much colour and fragrance as the single flowered varieties, without the fear of staining your clothes and skin. Perfect for creating exquisite screens throughout the garden. The tall stems are superb for cutting too! Height: 250cm (98"). Spread: 60cm (24")

Tree Lily 'Fraulein Cornelia' - 3 Tree Lily bulbs

£ 11.99

Simply amazing, our top-size lily bulbs produce huge stems with luxuriant foliage throughout summer, topped with masses of fragrant trumpet blooms. Tree Lily 'Fraulein Cornelia' bears showy pale yellow flowers with backwards curving petals revealing strong red centres and a delicious sweet fragrance. Reaching 1.8m (6') in as little as two years, plants will gradually multiply, taking on a shrub-like appearance. A striking addition to the back of borders, these tree lilies also work well in large

Tree Lily 'Friso' - 3 Tree Lily bulbs

£ 11.99

Simply amazing, our top-size lily bulbs produce huge stems with luxuriant foliage throughout summer, topped with masses of fragrant trumpet blooms. The elegant white and raspberry-pink blooms of Tree Lily 'Friso' are borne in profusion from mid to late summer and exude a delightful sweet fragrance. Reaching 1.8m (6') in as little as two years, plants will gradually multiply, taking on a shrub-like appearance. Plant tree lilies in large containers or the back of borders - they even make a colourf

Tree Lily 'Monet' - 3 Tree Lily bulbs

£ 11.99

Exotic, fully double, blooms tower up to 6ft in their first year, and more in subsequent years. The soft pastel pink flowers of Tree Lily 'Monet' are completely pollen free, yielding just as much colour and fragrance as the single flowered varieties, without the fear of staining your clothes and skin. Perfect for creating exquisite screens throughout the garden. The tall stems are superb for cutting too! Height: 250cm (98"). Spread: 60cm (24")

Tree Lily 'Picasso' - 3 Tree Lily bulbs

£ 11.99

Exotic, fully double, blooms tower up to 6ft in their first year, and more in subsequent years. The ice white flowers of Tree Lily 'Picasso' are completely pollen free, yielding just as much colour and fragrance as the single flowered varieties, without the fear of staining your clothes and skin. Perfect for creating exquisite screens throughout the garden. The tall stems are superb for cutting too! Height: 250cm (98"). Spread: 60cm (24")

Growing Tree Lilies

Tree Lilies are a variety of oriental lily that can easily grow higher than a man. Not only this, but they also produce huge quantities of enormous scented flowers.


Tree lily "Manisa" in its second season

The picture above shows me with three bulbs of the tree lily "Manisa" in their second season growing in a 10L pot.

In the first season you can expect a bulb to produce a stem 4 feet+ (120cm+) tall with a few flowers on it, see picture below.


Tree lily "Starburst" in its first season, three bulbs in a large pot, 12"/30cm rule for scale

I grow mine in large containers rather than the soil as other lilies I've tried in my soil haven't done very well after the first year, so I recommend you start this way unless you know that lilies will do well in your soil.

Growing in containers also allows you to move them around the garden bringing them to the fore when flowering and resting them out of the way when they have finished or when the flower buds are forming.


Tree lily "Starburst"

Large containers are somewhat more exposed to frosts over the winter as the pots are above the ground and so the roots will get more frequently, and more deeply frosted than in the soil. In the cold winter of 2010/2011 I lost any tree lily bulbs that were outdoors. The ones that survived were those that I brought under unheated cover, sheltered from the worst of the winter.

They also seem to respond well to being somewhat pot-bound, look at the size of those in the top picture compared to the size of the pot they are in!


Remove the forming seed pods after flowering so that the plant builds up the bulb for next year rather than putting its energy into setting seed

First year

Plant in large containers with about 3L of compost for each bulb (three to a 10L pot for instance). Heavy ceramic containers will help stop them blowing over as they end up very top-heavy.

Support the plants with bamboo canes as they grow, this also helps to separate them spreading the flowers apart so you can appreciate them better and giving each plant more space and light.

Grow them with sun on the leaves and the roots in shade as far as possible. Place them somewhere sheltered if you can as those large flowers while quite stout can catch the wind which can damage the stems, especially when they are wet with rain.

After flowering remove the remains of the flower head to stop them running to seed. At this point I move them somewhere out of the way a bit, but where they can still get enough sunlight. Make sure you feed and water them during this period as they are building up reserves for more fabulous flowers the next year.

As the leaves start to fall, stop watering them and then cut the stems to a couple of inches above ground level when the leaves have gone

Winter

Bring them out of the way of the danger of frost and keep them dry over the winter. Don't be tempted to take the bulbs out of the pots as they will keep some roots and get off to a good early start the next year.

Second year

If you've kept them happy they will grow to 6-8 feet tall providing a real spectacle of blooms and scent. They will need some serious support to stop them blowing over. I use a metal rod about 2 feet long hammered through the pot into the soil, so about a foot in the soil of the pot, and a foot into the soil they are standing on. Two or three canes hammered around the pot complete the support. The canes will also need some support, I tie them to a tree or fence or similar as they are very precarious once in full bloom.

Look after them like you did in the first winter, though this time they can be put into a larger pot, or separate out the larger bulbs from the many bulblets that will have formed. Start off again with three large bulbs and place the others into smaller pots to propagate them on.

Pests

Tree lilies are susceptible to scarlet lily beetle like all lilies, so watch out for them early on in the season. I find it's easier to see them by lying on the ground under the leaves and look upwards at the leaves (you may wish to do this private). I pick off and crush them when there's just a few. If you start to get more and notice holes in the leaves then it's time to get the spray out. More on lily beetles

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