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Lilium nepalense


By AndrewR


“If at first you don’t succeed…”

I usually make three attempts at growing a plant; after three failures, I give up and move on to something else. I have planted bulbs of lilium nepalense twice before and nothing appeared so this was my third try. I first saw this flowering in a garden in New Zealand and it immediately went on my ‘wants’ list. While fairly readily available for sale, it is a bit fussy where it will grow.

Firstly, it needs an acid soil in a cool, moist spot in an open, humus rich soil. But it needs to be drier during the winter which can be tricky with our predominantly wet winters. It does not take well to pot culture as the stems run around underground before coming to the surface, not appearing until June. Nor will it tolerate much in the way of frost.

My first two attempts to grow this were in my spring garden, near a small apple tree but on both occasions, it disappeared without trace. I have now planted it very deeply (about twelve inches down) on the north side and in the shade of a flowering crab and a couple of months ago, shoots started to appear. These have now reached between two and three feet in height with large, elongated flower buds. At this stage, the stems start to droop with the weight of the flowers and need staking. Finally, the buds open to these hanging flowers. Well worth the wait I’d say.

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Definately worth the wait very exotic :)

12 Aug, 2010



12 Aug, 2010


What a beautiful photo, and well worth the wait. Well done Andrew, as they say, if at first you dont succeed try,try,again.

12 Aug, 2010


beautifull andrew, defernatly worth waiting for.

12 Aug, 2010


Your patience paid off Andrew. It is magnificent. Somehow I think plants know about third time lucky, I've experienced it happening.

12 Aug, 2010


you must be pleased with the result Andrew,its beautiful ..dont think i have as much patience though, if something doesnt come up i dont try again..maybe i should now..

12 Aug, 2010


Well you`ve certainly got persiverance and its great to see its paid off .... its a lovely bloom, with such lovely deep marking in the centre.

12 Aug, 2010


Wow! I now know why mine disappeared! I've given up and gone to Asiatic lilies instead....but will they return next year?....time will tell!

12 Aug, 2010


I like the philosophy - if at first you don't succeed, try. try, try again then give up! Very sensible - glad you succeeded this time, well worth getting 'down and dirty' to get this pic.

14 Aug, 2010


it's definately worth waiting for, you have a lot of patience :-)))

23 Aug, 2010

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