Lily 'Queen of the Night' - Bulb

Lilium asiaticum 'Queen of the Night'
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Lily 'Queen of the Night'

Exclusively grown for Bakker's 70th Anniversary!

This Asiatic Lily (Lilium asiatica) 'Queen of the Night' is a unique lily with beautiful, almost black flowers, accented by stunning vermilion red stamens! Another advantage of this outstanding lily is its subtle fragrance that wafts through the garden for weeks. The Asiatic lily looks wonderful planted with other colours in your border. They also have a look of elegance in large pots on the patio or decking and ooh... in the vase, a perfect picture! The rather exceptional 'Queen of the Night' lily is exclusively available from Bakker.
This lily is available for delivery from September on.
 
 
 
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Planting and flowering details

Plant Details

  • Planting
  • 'Queen of the Night' lily bulbs should be planted at a depth of 10-15 cm in light, well-drained soil. Loosen the soil with a fork before planting. Plant ideally in a corner sheltered from the wind, along the fence or between other plants, shrubs and trees. The flowers will thrive in sun. Plant in spring or autumn.
    When there are signs of frosts protect the bulbs and any shoots that are showing as best you can with a thick mulch of compost or well-rotted manure, so you can enjoy your lilies next season too!
    Planting lilies in a pot
    You need a large pot with a hole in the base for drainage. Layer the bottom with broken crocks and use good potting compost mixed with sand to keep it all airy and well-drained. Plant the bulbs point up and 15-20 cm apart. Fill the rest of the pot with compost so that the bulbs are covered with 10-15 cm of compost.
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  • Care
  • After planting do not allow your lilies to dry out. During their growth period make sure you water your 'Queen of the Night' lilies frequently and generously. To stimulate the development of flower buds and more beautiful flowers, feed with plant food containing potassium during bud forming. Translplant your lily bulbs every 4 or 5 years. In the new soil, they will find all the nutrients needed to rejuvenate them and they will flower brightly for years on end.
    Keeping the lilies over the winter
    'Queen of the Night' lily bulbs are very hardy when planted in the ground but we do recommend protecting them in severe winters. A covering of leaf litter or straw should suffice. Potted bulbs are more vulnerable so store them frost-free, in the pot. This should help your lilies survive the winter.
    Your 'Queen of the Night' lilies will also appreciate a good mulch of compost/well-rotted manure over the winter for better growth of the bulbs next season.
     
    The lily beetle
    Keep an eye out for the bright orange/red lily beetle - it's a lily killer, but easy to spot! Easiest is just to remove them by hand. There are of course pesticides you could use but the beetles quickly become immune to them.
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  • Specifics
  • The lovely almost black 'Queen of the Night' lily (Lilium asiatica) is an early bloomer in the summer. The flowers are fairly open and face upwards. This variety is characterised by firm stems which makes them ideal for potting, but also excellent in the borders in a nice sunny spot.
    Lilies in a vase
    The 'Queen of the Night' lily (Lilium asiatica) makes an excellent cut flower. Its best to pick them early morning. Remove the lower leaves and plunge the stems in a vase of lukewarm water containing cut flower feed. The sturdy stems make the 'Queen of the Night' lily also suitable for use with oasis.
    A vase of lilies on your table, indoors or on the patio, will look just wonderful! They will keep fresher and last longer if you don't put them in direct sunlight.
    Try not to always pick flowers for indoors from the same lily plants or you will exhaust them very quickly. Also, cut the stem only half way down. This helps the lily bulb save energy.
    If you want to show off your amazing lilies indoors, keep the vase away from the fruit bowl and they will last longer. This is due to the ethylene given off by ripening fruit which will also 'ripen' your blooms.
    We advise removing the lily pollen when bringing indoors as they can leave nasty stains on any cloth it may land on. Allow the stamens to remain so the flower keeps its natural, graceful look. Otherwise, be sure not to touch the pollen at all.
     
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