How to grow Lily 'Conca D'Or'

Lilium Conca D'Or (meaning golden basin) is an spectacular hybrid of Oriental and Trumpet Lilies, and noted for its tall height, stunning blooms and sturdy garden performance. It was hybridised in Rijnsburg, the Netherlands in October, 1995, and in 2011 was voted into the North American Lily Society 'Hall of Fame'.

Lilium Conca D'Or bulb
Growing up to approximately 140 cm (although there are reports of it exceeding 2 metres!), it is a robust specimen, and despite the thin stems will cope with strong winds without the need for staking. However, when n full bloom, the weight of the flowers can then start to bend the stems. The dark green, linear leaves are between 15-20 cm long and appear alternately on the stem.

The sweetly-fragrant blooms appear from late July to early August from enormous, fat buds approximately 15 cm in length. The resulting flowers are out-to-up facing, bright lemon with paler petal tips. The waxy petals are surprisingly thick, enabling the blooms to last longer than other hybrids. Each bloom can be up to approximately 35 cm long.

Lilium Conca D'Or is ideally planted in the spring, approximately 3 x the depth (6 inches deep) of the bulb, as soon as the bulbs become available. The bulbs are delicate and prone to bruising so handle as little, and as carefully, as you can.

Lilium Conca D'Or
Plant in a well-drained, acidic or alkaline soil in either full sun, or at least where they will receive between six to eight hours of sun a day. To reduce overwintering in cold, waterlogged soil, plant the bulb in a 'pocket' of horticultural grit. Alternatively, grow Lilium Conca D'Or as a container plant using a good quality soil based compost such as John Innes 'No 2 or3'. Plant 3 bulbs in a 10-14"

When cutting the flowers for bouquets, remove no more than 1/3 of the stem. This provides sufficient leaves on the remaining stem to renew the bulb for the coming year.

In group plantings, space 30 cm apart.

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