Protecting Bulbs against Rodents

This question was asked by
Pat A – 

My tulip, lily and other bulbs (except daffodils) have only been put in the ground briefly – as something comes in the night and snaffles them after they have flowered! I have tried putting one inch chicken wire pegged down with extreme care round them to the very edge of the pot – and the little darlings got through (either reincarnated engineers or mice?). Before I place an order do you have any suggestions to help? I have tried neem oil everywhere and that sometimes helps…

Hi Pat

I think you have tried the 2 things I would suggest. Unfortunately, the rodents seem to smell the bulbs so I would suggest planting your bulbs really deep to minimise the chance of rodents smelling them and digging them up, and try to remove any evidence of having planted the bulbs as much as possible (such as removing debris, soil etc).

Chicken wire is usually a great way to protect your bulbs. have you tried making a cage of it around the bulbs?

You could try planting the bulbs with sharp gravel or grit, this can act as a deterrent to digging pests, as many of them don’t like digging through the sharp stones, and it can still make your garden look attractive.

The Hart Family

Would love a printed catalog, if available

This question was asked by
Gene J – 

Would love a printed catalog, if available. Really impressed with your tree lily collection. Can’t wait to order.
Many thanks

Hi Gene

Sorry we have stopped producing a catalogue (we are considering the environment where we can), we have everything online for your perusal.


The Hart Family

Help with Nerines

This question was asked by
Karen M

I bought 12 Nerine Bowdenni bulbs from you in May 20 and put them in a container planter.
They did not flower in Autumn of 2020 but did flower a little last year 21.
I am ready to buy some in other colours but have a question.

1. I think I planted them too deep. I want to raise the compost level in the container and move my already planted nerines higher so they are near the top of the container. Will this be ok as I’ve read they do not like being disturbed.

2. How far apart should I be planting them in the containers?

3. What compost do they prefer and should I feed them and if so with what and when.



Hi Karen

Yes you’re right, Nerines don’t like to be disturbed and this can unsettle them. However, this is when they are thriving. If they are planted too shallowly then yes I would be inclined to raise them. Nerines need to be planted with their necks above ground.

I would suggest using a mixture of 50% multipurpose compost and 50% loam-based compost such as John Innes No.2. You can give your Nerines a feed of diluted tomarite to help them on their way once you see signs of growth.

The Hart Family

Lily ‘Sorbonne’

This question was asked by
Lynda C – 

Hi, could you clarify which potting soil for the above Lily please, I received the bulbs from yourselves but have had conflicting advice as to plant in normal potting compost or Ericacious. They will be going into a pot and not the ground.
Many Thanks

Hi Lynda

Yes you can plant your oriental lilies in an ericaceous soil, that is perfect. However, a good-quality multi-purpose compost is also fine. We suggest mixing John Innes No 3 with a multi-purpose compost if planting in pots.

Lily ‘Sorbonne’ (harts1005)

The Hart Family


This question was asked by

I am widowed and retired, a gardener not……Are there perennials that will appear throughout the year.

All our bulbs are perennials and they will come back each year. Depending on which bulbs you plant will depend on what time of year they will flower. Our website will tell you when each bulb’s flowering period is.


Start by looking in the Spring Planted Bulbs and Lilies Categories – these will flower this summer. Then you will need to look at the Autumn Planted Bulbs and these will flower int the Spring.

The Hart Family

Red lily beetles

This question was asked by
Jane H

My poor martagon lillies were infested last year with red lily beetle. I picked them off every day, but still the came. Do you think sticky on the stem would help or do the fly in? Any suggestions please.

Hi there
They are a nuisance those beetles.
We have a lily beetle prevention spray and concentrate you can purchase to help combat the lily beetles.

Lily Beetle Prevention Concentrate (SKU179721)

Lily Beetle Prevention Spray (SKU17972)

Lily Beetle Prevention Spray £6.95

The Hart Family

Pollen free white lilies

This question was asked by
Angela B

Good Afternoon
I would like to grow white pollen free lilies in a pot and would appreciate knowing which is best, the only ones I had heard of were My Wedding but found another listed. Also do lilies have a single bloom from each bulb or multi flowers?
Thank you
Kind regards
Angela Booty

Hi Angela

Each bulb/stem can produce multiple flower heads.
We have quite a few white, double oriental lilies including Roselilies which are a newer variety that are pollen-free with a gorgeous scent:

Lily ‘Empress’ (SKU177222)

Empress Lily

Lily Empress

Lily ‘Fondu’ (harts10391)

Lily Fondu

Lily ‘Humber’ (harts103911)

Lily Humber

Lily ‘My Wedding’ (SKU17722)

Lily My Wedding

Lily ‘White Tornado’ (harts103912)

Lily White Tornado

Roselily ‘Aisha’ (SKU176191)

Roselily Aisha

Roselily ‘Angela’ (SKU17778)

Roselily Angela

Roselily ‘Dejima’ (SKU17989)

Roselily Dejima

Roselily ‘Leona’ (SKU17786)

Roselily Leona

Roselily ‘Monica’ (SKU17619111)

Roselily Monica

All are equally stunning, it just depends on your personal preference.

The Hart Family