ADVICE ON LILY TYPE

This question was asked by
P. Baird

We live in the Highlands and want to grow some lilies that should flower early August – in time for the Black Isle Show. We can grow outside or in a poly tunnel. Bye the bye we have not enjoyed the Show nearly as much since you stopped having a stall there.

Hi there

Roselilies would be a good variety for flowering in August.
Aw, we do miss the show – sorry.

The Hart Family

eremerus

This question was asked by
M. Lacey

Every year I plant these, on a small mound with the roots splayed out ,as directed by the garden shop. But the shoots emerge for about 3 inches
from the soil, and they then just wither and disappear. It is not slug damage.

Your Eremurus need to be in full, direct sunlight in a spacious area in well-drained soil. When you have purchased them, do the rhizomes still appear fleshy and not dried out?

The Hart Family

Bulb size

This question was asked by
M. Hunter

Hi. Please can you tell me the size of your ‘Tête-à-tête’ bulbs? many thanks.

Hi there,
Our Tête-à-tête bulbs are 12cm +

The Hart Family

Planting guide for Tree lilies

This question was asked by
Sarah

Bought Oracle bulbs from you at Hampton Court show but can’t find them on your website when I look for planting advice & height. Could you send me brief details please? Thanks

Hello there,
Lilium Oracle is an oriental trumpet lily:

Planting Instructions:
Oriental Trumpet Hybrid Lily Bulbs should be planted as soon as possible. Ideally in the Spring but can be planted up until the Autumn.
Find a location with full sun or partial shade with well-drained soil.
Oriental Trumpet Hybrid Lilies can tolerate most soil types, Acidic or Alkaline.
Arrange the Lilies in an odd-number grouping.
If planting in the garden, plant the bulbs about 8″ apart. Space the groupings at least 3 feet apart.
If planting in pots, plant 3 bulbs in a 10-14″ ‘patio type’ pot using good-quality, multi-purpose compost.
Plant the bulbs with 4-6″ of soil above them.

Care Guide:
Lilies can tolerate very cold conditions but they do not like to get wet.
If planting in borders in the garden, the soil must be well drained and, preferably, humus rich.
If planting in pots, make sure lilies are kept moist but do not get waterlogged.
Lilies prefer to be planted in a location with at least half a day’s full sunshine, if it’s a bit too shady they will lean their stems towards the sun.
Lily bulbs do not like to be dried out so they must be kept in soil at all times.
Try to plant your lilies where they will dry out after rain to prevent Botrytis, a fungus that spots the leaves. If you do see brown spots on your leaves, spray with a fungicide recommended for roses.
If planting in pots, it may be an idea to tilt the pots on their side in the winter to prevent waterlog.
When the Lily has finished flowering, cut any seed heads back and allow the foliage to die back naturally. Do not be tempted to cut the stem back until stems becomes hollow and brown.
After a few years of flowering, you may find the Oriental Trumpets Lily produces less blooms, it may be time to lift your bulbs and divide them by breaking off the bulblets. All the bulbs will then need replanting.
To prevent Lily Beetles from damaging your lilies, we recommend using the Lily Beetle Prevention Spray. This Spray (Grazers G4) will also stimulate growth of your lilies.
You can feed your lilies with a Tomato Feed to stimulate and strengthen your lilies when you start to see signs of growth. Make up your tomato feed with half the recommended dilution (written on the instructions on the bottle) and feed once every 3 weeks.

The Hart Family

Lifting and dividing Tree lilies

This question was asked by
L. M Jeffery

I’ve been buying ‘tree lilies’ from you for the past few years and now the original purchases (High Tea) have made quite large clumps with 4 or 5 flowering stems. They are stunning, but are they likely to continue to bulk up? If they are, I think it might be time to lift and divide them once the foliage has died back. What is your advice, please?

We would advise lifting and dividing your bulbs after 3 to 4 years of planting.
The baby bulbs will take some time to get established though.

The Hart Family

Planting Roselily Isabella bulbs

This question was asked by
G. Ellis

Lovely to see you at Chelsea 2019! Bought Isabella rose Lily x5. Question is can I plant all 5 in a 10-14 inch pot please? The pot doesn’t taper so is quite ‘roomy’. Look forward to shopping with you in the future.

Yes – that that’s absolutely fine to plant your 5 x Roselily Isabella lilies in a 10-14inch. The more space the better.

The Hart Family

Planting advice for lillies bought at Chelsea

This question was asked by
Gillian

Congratulations on the success of your beautiful stand at Chelsea. I bought a pack of “Lilium OT Master”, but can not find it on your database.

I plant lilies in pots & have read your planting advice. For this variety should I use 50/50 ericacius % John Innes No 3? Or Multipurpose with added John Innes?

I bought some Grazers, which I am hoping will work!

Hello there,
Thank you for your lovely comments and for taking the time to email.
Lilium Master is an Oriental Trumpet lily so it is happy in any well-drained soil, so either of those combinations they will be happy in. You can always add some grit for good drainage too.

The Hart Family

CONGRATULATIONS

This question was asked by
Karen – Peter Nyssen

Hello

Watched Chelsea this afternoon, fantastic to see you with not just Gold but the President’s Award, so well deserved, you all work so hard, fantastic, will say hello at tattoo Kind regards Karen

Thank you very much Karen! We are over the moon with the award. See you at Tatton xx

The Hart Family

Success at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019

This question was asked by
Gareth Allott

Congratulations on your success at Chelsea. My wife and I visited on Tuesday and your display was stunning and our favourite. The award was well deserved.

So lovely of you to email us with your kind words! We were so happy to receive the Presidents Award and to hear from our lovely customers is just wonderful! Thank you for taking the time to email us!

The Hart Family