Author Archives: Gary Milne

I.D. of a LILY

This question was asked by
Mr John SMITH

Do you stock this lily

if i had your email address i could send a picture

thanks j smith

Please send it to enquiries@hartsnursery.co.uk and I will be happy to try and help.

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Fritillaria meleagris

This question was asked by
Paul Barnes

Have just bought 160 of these, giving them to friends. Please email planting instructions

Thank you for your order. Please find below, planting instructions for Fritillaria Meleagris:
PLANTING
Fritillaria Meleagris should be planted in the Autumn for Spring flowering.
Find a location with full sun or partial shade with well-drained, sandy soil, if necessary add sand, grit or gravel to be improve the condition of the area for planting.
Arrange the bulbs in clusters.
If planting in the garden, plant the bulbs about 1-2″ apart.
Ideal for rockeries.
If planting in pots, use a good-quality, multi-purpose compost, preferably adding sand to the planting hole to prevent the bulbs from rotting.
Plant the bulbs 2-3″ of soil above them.
It is best to plant the Meleagris bulb on its side – this prevents water collecting at the top of the bulb and causing it to rot.
CARE
If planting in borders in the garden, the soil must be well drained and, preferably, sandy.
If planting in pots, make sure the Fritillaria Assyriaca/Uva Vulpis are kept moist but do not get waterlogged.
If planting in pots, it may be an idea to tilt the pots on their side during winter to prevent waterlog.
When the Fritillaria Meleagris has finished flowering, cut any seed heads back and allow the foliage to die back naturally. Once all the foliage and stem has turned brown and hollow, you can remove them and discard.
Fritillaria Meleagris bulbs will multiply during the first or second year of planting.
Ideally, the best time to lift and check your bulbs for dividing is during the months of August and September. Once, you have divided your bulbs, they will all need replanting.
Prevent the Scarlet Lily beetle from ruining your Fritillarias by using our Lily Beetle Prevention spray.

Fritillaria Meleagris (Pack of 20 Bulbs) (harts1122)

Lily Beetle Prevention (SKU17972)

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Lily flowering

This question was asked by
A. Minshull

I got some lilies from you at tatton this year. Usually I can get to flower quickly before autumn
This time lilies are in bud but no signs of opening
What’s my best plan of action ?
They have now been moved into unheated greenhouse for winter
Andy

Hi there,
They may have got too wet if they are struggling to open. Once everything has died back, remove the foliage and then hopefully they will be ok for next year’s flowering cycle. You could also give the lilies a tomato feed once you 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

Lillies

This question was asked by
D. Norman Meagher

Hi,
Do lily beetles fly to their host plant.
Do you grow your lilies in a protected environment such as under glass? Or in the field.
I plant to grow them in big pots.
Is there a barrier method to prevent beetles from crawling up the pot?
They would be on a concrete surface.
Do you use chemicals that are unavailable to the general public?
If so what are they?
Construct for me if you will a strategic plan for their eradication.
thank you.

Hi there,
Yes we grow our lilies under glass and have found this keeps the lily beetles at bay. However, we do also use our Lily Beetle Prevention Spray to prevent them from destroying the lilies’ foliage.

Lily Beetle Prevention (SKU17972)

The Hart Family

Tree Lilies

This question was asked by
George Stewart

Should I lift the bulbs before winter or leave them in the ground.

Many thanks
George

Leave them where they are. As long as they don’t get waterlogged, lily bulbs are happy to have a cold dormant phase and can stand very cold temperatures.

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Eucomis

This question was asked by
Anne Hutton

Do I cut back stems and leaves?
Or leave to die back normally like
Daffodils?
Thank you

After flowering- It is important with all bulbs to allow the leaves to die back naturally after flowering. Winter protection- Eucomis are not fully hardy and the bulbs need to be protected from frost. Apply a mulch to protect from hard frosts. Cover with 10cm thick of bark or leaf mould.
Containers can be kept in a frost-free place over winter, bring them into shelter from October. Allow the compost to dry out for the bulbs to become dormant.
If you wish to lift them, dry the bulbs off and store them in a frost-free place such a shed or greenhouse.

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Gloriosa (Pack of 3 Rhizomes/Bulbs)

This question was asked by
Joan Taffs

Please can you tell me what to do with these bulbs now that the foliage has died back? Do I need to take them out of the pot, dry them off???? Leave them as they are for them to come up again next year??
Your advice appreciated.
Thank you,
Joan

After your Gloriosa has finished flowering for the season, leave the foliage in place; don’t cut it off. The leaves will gather sunlight, create food through photosynthesis and strengthen the bulb for the future.
Leaves and stalks may be removed when they turn yellow.
Gloriosa Lily Bulbs don’t like to get too cold, therefore if the temperature drops to -7 degrees, you’ll need to lift Gloriosa lily bulbs and store them indoors in ever so slightly damp peat moss. Or you can just replace them next spring for another year of winged blooms.
Your Gloriosa lilies will rest for a few months before beginning the next growing cycle in the spring/summer.

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Planting bulbs

This question was asked by
J. Parker

Hi,
I bought several bulbs last year and planted them in pots which kept blowing over so next year would like to replant in the borders. How would you advise to re- plant the bulbs ?
Let the bulbs dry out in the garage over the winter and plant individually next spring or but the whole clump directly into the soil now?
Thanks

Hi there,

Once everything has died back completely and you’ve removed the hollow stem and foliage (which should be about now depending on when you planted them), you can dig your bulbs up and move them to your garden and replant them. Ensure there is adequate drainage for them. Lilies are happy to reach minus 20 degrees but they do not like to get waterlogged as they will rot. Hope this helps.

The Hart Family