Giant Lilies

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    Anyone tried them?

    We've quite a few and I've bought more which we'll see later this year. I've got them along the back of the border, just in front of the fence, so they show over the rest of the planting as they grow to more than six feet. They need no attention, they multiply and come up each year. One stem can make a nice display in a vase indoors, but it's best to remove the stamens before bringing them in as they can stain furnishings quite badly.

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      Don't be "had" by paying extra for tree Lilies. Many non so called tree Lilies grow really tall. I grow loads in tubs as here the bulbs won't cope in soil during the winter but happy in tubs with good drainage. Being in tubs they don't grow as tall as if they were soil grown. Mine grow about 5 ft and would grow taller in ideal unrestricted conditions.
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        A few years back, I bought some from T&M, 9 I think. After a couple of years they were pretty spectacular. The lily beetle was always a problem, but I managed to keep on top of them.
         
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          Hi @silu ,

          Tree Lilies are not just tall growing Lilies. After a couple of years they do something that normal Lilies don't....
          they thow out side shoots and make nice bushy plants This makes it easier to use them as cut flowers as you don't need to take off the main stem just the side shoots.
          I grow " Purple Prince " .
           
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            Fair dos @KFF and @Doghouse Riley:) . They must have come down in price considerably since they became fashionable a few years back. There are so many over exaggerated claims and doctored photos used by the likes of T&M that I presumed tree lilies were another over egged offering. Some of my Lilies have 3 or 4 stems from 1 bulb which maybe gives pretty much the same effect I expect, There are only 5 pink flowering bulbs in the tub in the background.
             
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              We always get a few lily beetles, I read somewhere that if you knock them off a plant they lay on their backs on the ground so uou can't see them. I've not found anything that will kill them, you just have to take them off by hand, (if you can be bothered).
               
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              This seems quite effective.
              Provado 80052561 1L Ready to Use Ultimate Bug Killer: Amazon.co.uk: Garden & Outdoors
              It’s just a case of whether or not you’re happy to use something that might harm beneficial insects.
               
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