Tree Lilies

This question was asked by
CAROLINE SHIPTON

I’m tempted to buy your wonderful offer of 12 Tree Lilies for £15 BUT it’s 22nd September so can I plant them in the ground upon receipt or will they rot over the winter? If not, where should I store them safely till next spring when I will plant them in the ground. I live in warm Liverpool.

Hi there,
All our Lily Bulb orders are dispatched in the Spring next year. It will be the end of February/beginning of March depending on when they have been lifted and are available.

‘Tree like’ Lily Bulb Collection (Pack of 12 Bulbs) (harts1152)
Best wishes

Loraine Hart

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Shows, shows and more shows…

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Well we had a blast at the Harrogate Flower Show, even with the rain! It’s all over now until the Spring show 2018!
We’re now over in Ireland at the National Ploughing Championships with a our faithful Mascot ‘Daisy the Cow’. Daisy travels everywhere with us. If you spot her on your travels when visiting our stands, do take a photo and send it over to us on Facebook #SpotDaisy


Next we are exhibiting at the RHS Malvern Flower Show for all your spring flowering bulb needs. We have some great Hyacinth bulbs that have been prepared to have indoors for Christmas or just plant them in your garden (or pots on your patio) for a lovely burst of colour in the spring.
Hyacinthus Jan Bos im Topf
Don’t forget we have all our Spring bulbs available online to order now and we will be starting to dispatch at the end September!
 
 

Lily Flowering times

This question was asked by
Mark Britland

Looking to purchase some Lily bulbs but I don’t want them flowering all at the same time can you advise?
Thank you

Hi there,
Yes we advise the following lily flowering times:
End of June/Beginning of July : Asiatics
Beginning of July/End of July : Oriental trumpets (tree lilies)
Late July/Beginning of August : Orientals and Roselilies

Asiatic Lily Bulb Collection (Pack of 12 Bulbs) (harts1154)
‘Tree like’ Lily Bulb Collection (Pack of 12 Bulbs) (harts1152)
Oriental Lily Bulb Collection (Pack of 12 Bulbs) (harts1153)
Roselily Bulb Collection (Pack of 10 Bulbs) (SKU17653)
Best wishes
Loraine Hart

Tulips and flowering times.

This question was asked by
Gill

Can you recommend a White or Yellow Tulip that will flower at the same time as Queen of the Night(the Black Tulips I already have). I wondered about Angels Wish? Thanks

Hi there,
Yes Angel’s Wish is a good choice to flower at the same time as Queen of Night Tulips.

Angels Wish (Pack of 20 Bulbs) (SKU17633)
Queen of Night (Pack of 20 Bulbs) (harts1118)
kind regards
Loraine Hart

Storage of Allium bulbs

This question was asked by
Ann Myles

Each year I have spent a large amount on buying allium bulbs – they are planted in late autumn and bloom beautifully in the spring/summer but if I leave them in the ground they never return the following year, so I always have to buy and plant more each year. I feel that I need to dig them up at the end of the season and maybe store them over winter rather like a tulip bulb that you wish to relocate the following year – any idea on how to do this if it is possible, or where do you think things are going wrong. I live in a very exposed site in the Cotswolds and our winters are quite wet and temperatures can go as low as -12 degrees on a regular basis. Thank you for your help.

Hi there,
No I would leave your alliums where they are, cut the seed head off and allow the foliage and stem to die back by themselves to feed the bulb. Alliums like a cold dormant phase so its best to leave them in. We do advise lifting them after the 3rd year and splitting them.

Allium Bulb Collection (Pack of 20 Bulbs) (SKU17627)
Kind regards
Loraine Hart

Moving house and lifting lilies

This question was asked by
Sally Cemm-Evans

I have a number of lilies bought from you which I grow in pots. I am moving house and the removers have restricted me to only three plants in pots. Some of the martagons are still flowering and the orientals still have foliage. Should I remove the bulbs from the pots and dry them off or would it be better to leave some compost around the roots and keep them damp in plastic bags?

Hi there,
Due to your restrictions, I would do the latter. Lift your lilies with the soil in bags. The lilies need the stem to die back to feed the bulb. Replant them as soon as you get to your new house.
Good luck with the move!
Many thanks

Loraine Hart

Soil Preparation for Lilies

This question was asked by
Tony Reeves

My garden is an alkali clay, so I grow my lilies in a 10ft by 3ft raised bed. L. Lechtlinii and Orange Tiger thrive, but Asiatic lilies do not. What soil proportions do you recommend for your Asiatic lilies?

Hello there,
Thank you for your question. The ideal pH level for all lilies is 5.5 to 6.5. Mix in some John Innes No.3 with your soil and this should help with your Asiatic Lilies.

Many thanks
Asiatic Lily Bulb Collection (Pack of 12 Bulbs) (harts1154)
Loraine Hart

Replanting lilies

This question was asked by
Jane Dickson

For the first time ever I have grown quite a few lilies this year and have been very pleased with the results however, I want to replant them into a different position. I have cut the flower off and left the stalk to die down but at what point do I dig them up and replant them?
thank you
Jane

Hi Jane
I would ensure the stem has died back completely, this is usually by the end of Autumn.
Kind regards

Loraine Hart

Tree lilies

This question was asked by
Deborah Dyson (Mrs)

I have two enormous tree lilies in pots which present problems in very windy weather, trying to keep them from falling over.
All your beautiful lilies seem to require acidic soil. Here in Dorset we have chalk and clay. Are there any which will survive and flourish on this kind of alkaline soil or must I continue with pots?

Hi Deborah
Tree-like lilies (Oriental Trumpets) will grow in any soil which makes them ideal for the garden. Just make sure the soil is well drained.
We have a great off on Tree lilies:
‘Tree like’ Lily Bulb Collection (Pack of 12 Bulbs) (harts1152)
Kind regards

Loraine Hart