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How to Force Lily-of-the-Valley


Difficulty: 3 / 5

You will need: Lily-of-the-Valley roots, Compost, Pots

Lily-of-the-Valley is not the first plant you think of for forcing to have the flowers indoors, but it is ideal for a cool, well-lit spot out of direct sun and the fragrance is wonderful.

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Step One:

When you purchase a pack of lily-of-the-valley, you should get several roots that are either dormant or just coming into growth. Separate them to see how many you have.

Step 1 of How to Force Lily-of-the-Valley

Step Two:

Trim the roots to make them easier to pot, cutting them to about 5cm with clean, sharp secateurs.

Step 2 of How to Force Lily-of-the-Valley

Step Three:

Pot individually, or together in a larger pot, using fresh, sterile multipurpose compost. The tip of the shoot should be just above the compost. Water and allow to drain.

Step 3 of How to Force Lily-of-the-Valley

Step Four:

Stand in a cool, well-lit spot out of direct sun, as they are edge of woodland plants. Keep the compost moist, but not wet. After flowering, you can plant them out in the garden in a shaded area, where they will flower for years to come.

Step 4 of How to Force Lily-of-the-Valley

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