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Lily of the Valley

            They grow to roughly 30 cm high, the leaves first appearing in Spring 

Planting tips 

 
The key need of Lily of the Valley is a moist but not waterlogged soil. This is the reason why they do best in partial shade. Don't let them dry out, they are unlikely to recover.

They require little or no feeding. In their natural surroundings they do fine from the fallen leaves of overhanging trees and shrubs. Do not feed with nitrogen rich fertilisers, this will only encourage leaf growth at the expense of flowers.

 
Lilly of the valley can be grown in containers and pots but they do need a very regular supply of water throughout the summer as they are not drought resistant.

The root system of a lily of the valley is quite extensive so choose a deeper pot than you would normally use for other bulbs plants.

After flowering don't remove the leaves as they need these to continue feeding for the next five or six months in preparation for flowering the next year. Yellowed leaves can be removed if you want to tidy up.

Pests and disease
Lily of the Valley are strong growing plants and are rarely attacked by pests. Sometimes, but not often they can suffer from leaf spot. This is usually due to too much dampness.

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Wairere Nursery
826 Gordonton Road, R D 1, Hamilton Ph: (07) 824 3430 Email:     Open 7 days 8:30am-5pm