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Lily Bulbs

How do I plant my lily bulbs?

Lilies are very hardy bulbs. They can tolerate very cold conditions but do not like to get wet. If planting in borders the soil must be free draining and preferably humus rich. Some lilies prefer acid soil, mainly Oriental lilies, and some prefer alkaline mainly Asiatic. It is best to check which soil you have. When planting in pots or tubs you must make sure that they are kept moist but do not get waterlogged. Plant bulbs with 6" of soil above them. If planting in pots, plant 3 in a 10-14 inch pot, in a good quality multi-purpose compost. Use Ericaceous compost for Orientals Lilies.

Do I lift my Lily bulbs over winter?

Lilies do not like to be dried out, they must be kept in soil at all times. Lilies, in fact, like a cold format phase and are happy to stay out in the winter.  If you are worried about leaving them out in the borders over winter, lift them and store them in peat until replanting the following spring. A good tip is to tilt your pots on their sides over winter, lifting them upright again in the spring, preventing them becoming waterlogged.

Should I feed my Lilies?

If you want to feed your lilies then a slow release fertilizer is best. Also a general tomato feed has shown to be beneficial for lily growth, use one quarter of the normal strength.

How do I get rid of the Lily Beetle?

Inspect plants regularly, pick off any adults, grubs and eggs and destroy as you see fit. Otherwise spray with Imidcloprid and sunflower oil (or Bayer Provado Ultimate Bug Killer). If you do not like using insecticides then spraying with diluted fairy liquid or crushed garlic in water have been suggested by some of our customers. Crush a whole corm of garlic in a small pan of boiling water. Allow to cool, strain and put in a small container in the fridge. When using, dilute three parts water to one part garlic solution. Spray often, every few days, especially when it has rained. Alternatively, we also suggest making a Neem Oil Solution. We recommend using a hand sprayer with 1 tsp of Neem Oil (5ml) plus a small amount of Washing Up Liquid (as a surfactant) with approx. 500ml Water. So 1 part Neem Oil to 100 parts Water (1:100). Spray as often as needed. 

Do Lilies multiply?

Lilies do multiply but if in containers will need lifting every 2 or 3 years as they will become pot bound. Lift the bulbs out of the soil and carefully pull off any attached bulblets. Replant the original bulbs. You can also plant the bulblets, but bare in mind these will take a couple of years to become established.

Are Lilies poisonous to cats?

Lily pollen is poisonous to cats but it has to be ingested. Cats are very clever animals and will very rarely eat anything they are unsure about. There are also numerous lilies now that are pollen free including our Roselilies and Double Oriental LiliesIf you're worried then just nip the stamen out of the lily as it opens.


Delivery and P&P costs

When do you dispatch your bulbs?

  • Lily Bulb orders - Dispatched end of  February 2019 to May 2019. 
  • Summer Bulb orders - dispatched March 2019 to May 2019.
  • Spring Bulb - dispatched September 2018 to November 2018. 

    (Please note: All orders placed during the months of May and September will be dispatched within 15 working as this is our busy show period where we are away from the nursery.)
When will I receive my Bulbs?
  • All orders will be dispatched within 3-5 working days.
  • During our busy months of May and June, we may take up to 15 working days to dispatch your order (as we are travelling around the UK exhibiting at many shows). 
  • Once your order has left our nursery, you should receive an email confirming your order has been completed. You will then receive your bulbs within 2 working days. 
How much do you charge for Delivery and which countries do you deliver to?
Below is a list of destinations we dispatched to with the cost of delivery.

 Zone  P&P Rate
 UK Standard Delivery  £4.95
 Austria  £13.00
 Belgium  £13.00
 Croatia  £25.00
 Czech Rep  £13.00
 Denmark  £13.00
 Estonia  £25.00
 Finland  £25.00
 France  £13.00
 Germany  £13.00
 Gibralta  £13.00
 Greece  £25.00
 Guernsey  £7.50
 Rep of Ireland  £13.00
 Isle of Man  £4.95
 Italy   £17.00
 Jersey  £7.50
 Luxemburg  £13.00
 Malta  £13.00
 Monaco  £13.00
 Netherlands  £13.00
 Poland  £13.00
 Portugal  £20.00
 Romania  £25.00
 San Morino  £13.00
 Slovakia  £17.00
 Slovenia  £17.00
 Spain  £13.00
 Sweden  £17.00
(Unfortunately, we do not ship to the US, Canada or Australia or other countries outside the EU unless mentioned above.)
How much do you charge for Delivery?
  • £4.95 UK Standard Delivery 
  • £7.50 Delivery to Guernsey and Jersey 
  • £13.00 - £25.00 Delivery to EU countries (see table above)
We offer an online mail ordering service, all orders to the UK will be delivered by the Royal Mail. We have a standard charge for all orders to the UK of £4.95 P&P. Every effort is made to send out orders as soon as possible. Larger parcels will vary depending on weight and destination. We will contact customers direct if we need to amend the postage cost. Unfortunately, we do not deliver to those living outside of the EU including the US.
Will I be charged if I order bulbs for different seasons?

Yes, there is a delivery surcharge for any additional deliveries needed. If you order Lily Bulbs, Spring Flowering Bulbs and Summer Flowering Bulbs in one transaction, you will be charged for the additional P&P as they will be dispatched at different times of the year. This will be calculated for you at the check out. Please see below the dispatched dates for each category of bulb.
Can I track my order once dispatched?

Yes, you can track your order once you have received an email from us saying your 'Order is completed'. Please contact us if you would like your Tracking Reference. You should also receive confirmation of your delivery from the Royal Mail (either by email or text depending on which information you gave when ordering with us).


Do you sell Gift Vouchers?

Yes we do! It's quite easy too! All you need to do is have you recipient's email address and yours, enter your message and how much you want to spend (and pay safely on our secure website) and then your friend or family member will receive an email with the notification to say that you have sent them a Gift Voucher to spend online at www.hartsnursery.co.uk   It's a great way to send a gift to the avid gardener especially if you have left buying them a present until the last minute. Visit our Gift Certificate page here: https://www.hartsnursery.co.uk/giftcert.php

Exhibition and Show dates for 2018

Can I come and visit you or see you at any Flower shows?

Yes, you can visit us at the Flower Shows we attend. We love exhibiting our Lilies at all the shows. Not only are we able to show everyone all the different lily varieties there are, we also display and sell alliums, tulips and other bulbous flowers. We attend many shows (including most of the RHS Flower Shows) across the UK throughout the months of March to October. Please find below a list of the shows and dates we will be attending in 2018 - TO BE UPDATED SOON!

Unfortunately, due to the layout of our new nursery, we are unable to offer any Open Days as we do not have sufficient parking. Sorry for any inconvenience. We do hope you find what you are looking for on our website instead. 

Exhibition and Show dates for 2018

RHS Wisley Spring Plant Fair  March 2018  Lilies and other Summer flowering Bulbs for sale
RHS Cardiff Flower Show
 April 2018  Lilies and other Summer flowering Bulbs for sale
Harrogate Flower Show (Spring)  April 2018  Lilies and other Summer flowering Bulbs for sale
RHS Malvern Spring Gardening Show  May 2018  Lilies and other Summer flowering Bulbs for sale
RHS Chelsea Flower Show  May 2018  Lilies only for sale
RHS Chatsworth Flower Show   June 2018  Lilies and other Spring flowering Bulbs for sale
BBC Gardener's World Live, NEC
  June 2018  Lilies and other Spring flowering Bulbs for sale
RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show   July 2018  Lilies and other Spring flowering Bulbs for sale
RHS Flower Show Tatton Park, Knutsford   July 2018  Lilies and other Spring flowering Bulbs for sale
RHS Hyde Hall Flower Show   Aug 2018  Lilies and other Spring flowering Bulbs for sale
Shrewsbury Flower Show   Aug 2018
 Autumn, Winter and Spring flowering Bulbs for sale
Southport Flower Show   Aug 2018  Autumn, Winter and Spring flowering Bulbs for sale
Edenbridge and Oxted Agricultural Show    Aug 2018  Autumn, Winter and Spring flowering Bulbs for sale
RHS Wisley Flower Show   Sept 2018  Autumn, Winter and Spring flowering Bulbs for sale
Harrogate Flower Show (Autumn)
  Sept 2018
 Autumn, Winter and Spring flowering Bulbs for sale
RHS Malvern Autumn Gardening Show
  Sept 2018
 Autumn, Winter and Spring flowering Bulbs for sale


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