FAQ on growing lilies

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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 lilies. 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 4-6″ (10-15cm) of soil above them. If planting in pots, plant 3 in a 10-14″ (25-35cm) pot, in a good-quality, peat-free, multi-purpose compost. John Innes No.3 is ideal for Lilies also. If it appears too dense, add some horticultural grit to improve drainage.

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Helpful tips on growing lilies

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Planting your lilies couldn’t be easier once you have chosen the right soil for the variety.

Simply plant with the growing tip pointing upwards and the roots below and cover the top of the bulb with 4-6” (10-15cm) of soil. 

If planting in pots, plant 3 bulbs in a 10-14” (25-35cm) ‘patio type’ pot. You can plant more in a larger pot or less in a smaller pot. It really depends on the display you would like to achieve. You can also stagger the planting, using different lilies to achieve different heights.

Which lilies are best for your garden

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Luscious Lilies for your garden pots or borders

Whether you’re a fan of scented or unscented; tall or short; subtle or bold colours, there’s a  lily for everyone. I often get asked how to choose a lily and I guess this is where I start…

Where are you thinking of planting your lilies?

Asiatic Lilies

Firstly, where would you like to grow your lilies? Pots or garden borders? If you’re planning on planting up your lily bulbs in pots for your patio (or making a pot feature around your garden), then the world is your oyster when it comes to lily choice. This is because different lilies like different soil types. Therefore, you can choose any lily and just mix up the right soil/compost for it. Lilies are generally happy in a good-quality, peat-free, multi-purpose compost. This leads me to the next question…

Lilium Majestic Joy

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Which lilies are scented?

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Eyeliner Longiflorum x Asiatic Lily with slight fragrance.
Samantha Roselily
Scented Roselily Samantha

How to tell if a lily will be scented or not

There are many different types of lilies, some that are scented and some that are not. Oriental Lilies do tend to carry the strongest fragrance although other varieties can have just as strong a perfume. Oriental x Trumpets, Longiflorums, Trumpets and Double Orientals including Roseilies all carry a fantastic perfume. Continue reading

Madonna lilies

This question was asked by
Maria T –

We would like to know what kind of soil Madonna lilies require. We live in the north of England and are having trouble making them flower. Thank you

Hi Maria

Madonna Lilies prefer an alkaline soil if they are planted in the garden but you can use a good-quality multipurpose compost with added horticultural grit if you are planting them in the pots.

Lilium Candidum (Madonna Lily)

Madonna Lily

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Fritillaria Imperialis

This question was asked by
Marius S – 

Hi – Do you have ‘Fritillaria Imperialis’ in other colours than Red?

Yellow or Orange?
Thank You

Hi Marius

Yes we have all 3 colours of crown imperials, red, yellow and orange Fritillaria.These all need planting up in the Autumn for a superb display in the spring.

Please click on the link below to shop our crown imperials.

Fritillaria

Fritillaria Aurora

Fritillaria Aurora

Fritillaria Lutea

Fritillaria Lutea

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Order Feedback

This question was asked by
Shelagh – 

I received my order this morning of 2 x Hedychium Ginger Lilies and just wanted to say how delighted I am.
They are magnificent tubers with healthy new shoots. Really smashing plants.
I will certainly be checking your stock online regularly with a view to buying again
Shelagh

Hi Shelagh

Thank you for the fab feedback – if you want to share it with others you can do on the below link and we would really appreciate it:

https://uk.trustpilot.com/review/hartsnursery.co.uk?utm_medium=trustbox&utm_source=MicroReviewCount

Ginger Lily

Hedychium Ginger Lily

Hedychium

Hedychium Ginger Lily

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Stock availability – especially Lilies

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Aline P

Hi. I really hope that the out of stock status on every item I clicked today was due to robust sales; brilliant if this is the case especially after the lack of shows in which to show your wonderful displays.
I’ve a number of your lilies in beds and also in pots ready for planting out, but would really appreciate a dozen more plants suitable for cutting – especially scented plants that will go into one of my newly set up cutting flower beds in my vegetable garden. Everything I clicked today showed out of stock. I’m not particularly fussy for soil type as am lucky enough to have neutral and acidic (no alkaline) soil, but would like a selection suitable for cutting within the next year or two. Do you have any bulbs that would fit this brief that I could bury into the beds now before I start positioning the annuals?
Kind regards
Aline Phelps

Hi Aline

Yes any of the orientals or oriental hybrids will work well in your garden. I have just put all our stock back online:

Oriental Lilies

Oriental Trumpet Lilies

Double Oriental Lilies

Roselilies

Longiflorum Oriental Lilies

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Great bulbs

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Theresa G

Just to let you know my bulbs arrived, in great condition. Thank you.
Can’t wait for them to flower!!!

You’re very welcome – thank you for taking the time to email us.

Lily Bulbs

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