Choosing lilies

This question was asked by
Paul B

Hi could you help me select Lilies Longiflorum and advise which are autumn and which are Spring planters and general welfare advice.
Many thanks , Paul

Hi Paul

The only lily we have for planting in the Autumn is the Madonna Lily as this is a slightly earlier flowering Lily.

All the other lilies we have, will be dispatched in February ready for planting,

All lilies are easy to grow. The hybrid lilies are the easiest as they like any soil type as are the Longiflorum Lily Bulbs, which are lime tolerant and therefore suitable for borders or pots in either Alkaline or Acidic soils that are well drained.

All our Longiflorum Lilies are white and carry a gorgeous fragrance.

Longiflorum Lilies

Lilium Candidum (Madonna Lily)

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flame lily tubers

This question was asked by
Martin

To whom it may concern.

I would be very grateful for your advice, please.

Months ago you kindly sent me some Flame Lily tubers…to great success…the flowers are breathtaking!

Once the flowers are over and the leaves dried down…how should I look after the tubers with a view to growing more again next year? (Assuming that they do
flower a second time)

Best Wishes

Martin

Good afternoon,
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 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.
TAKE CARE NOT to touch the growing points on the bulbs; bumping and abraiding this area tends to reduce sprouting.

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My lilies have been infected with lily bug

This question was asked by
Clare J

Dear Harts Nursery,
My lilies have been infected with lily bug. Can I save them from this or do I need to throw them away? They have finished flowering but the bugs are still laying eggs on the leaves. 🙁
The flowers were BEAUTIFUL until the bugs infected the plant.

Hi Clare

They will be fine for next year so don’t throw them. The key is to be vigilant and keep wiping off the eggs and faeces (a brown yucky mess that contains the eggs to start with). If you can, try using the Lily Beetle Prevention spray but you need to spray constantly during active growth periods especially after rainfall and watering. You can also make a garlic solution spray with crushed garlic and water. If you grow fritillaria, you will need to spray and check them also.

Lily Beetle Prevention Spray (SKU17972)

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Begonias

This question was asked by
Peter Blick

On your site you offer 15 begonia corms for £12.50 and 5 colours.
Do they come packed in separate colours to allow them to be planted say 3 pink in a basket?

Hi Peter
They are a pre-mixed bag at a discounted price.

Begonia

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Query on delivery of Eucomis

This question was asked by
Rob H

Hello. I was just looking to find out when my order of Eucomis may be delivered. Thanks. Kind regards. Rob

Hello there
Your Eucomis need planting in the spring so they will dispatched out to you in February.

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Oriental Lilies

This question was asked by
Joan S

Could you advise me how to treat Oriental lilies grown in containers when they have finished flowering please?

Regards.
Joan

How to care for Oriental Lilies

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.
Lilies like a cold dormant phase throughout the winter so they don’t need lifting. However, do ensure they have adequate drainage and do not get waterlogged as this will cause the bulbs to rot.
If planting in pots, it may be an idea to tilt the pots on their side in the winter to prevent waterlog.
You can feed your lilies with a Tomato Feed to stimulate and strengthen your lilies when you start to see signs of growth for the spring. Make up your tomato feed with half the recommended dilution (written on the instructions on the bottle) and feed once every 3 weeks.

Oriental Lilies

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Planting tulip bulbs

This question was asked by
Wanda

Good morning,
I received my tulip bulbs ordered earlier this year, thank you.
It seems that the recommended time for planting them is October/ November. I live in Kent and it’s still quite warm here (next week we’ll have a mini heatwave for 2 days…) What would you recommend? Is it ok to wait until October to plant them? If yes, can I store the bulbs in their original packaging? Or, is it ok to plant them now?
Kind regards, Wanda

Hi Wanda

We advise planting tulips after the first frosts to kill off any virus in the soil.
You can keep the tulips in their packaging in a cool dark place where they won’t get wet at all.
Hope this helps.

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Purchasing Arsenal Lilies

This question was asked by
Christine W

Hi would you be able to email me when you get the Arsenal lily back in stock please.
Regards
Christine

Unfortunately, I don’t think this one will be available again.

Have you seen Delicate Joy or Heartstrings? These are quite similar to Lilium Arsenal.

Lily ‘Delicate Joy’ (SKU17647)

Lily ‘Heartstrings’ (SKU17739)

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Giant and martagon lilies

This question was asked by
Sheila C

These are out of stock at the moment. When will you have them in again for planting next year, please?

Hi Sheila

Everything we will have for next year is available to pre-order now:

Tree-like Lilies

Martagon Lilies

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BIG THANK YOU

This question was asked by
Mr andrew S

just to say a big thank you for your service just had some of my tulip bulbs delivered great size some lillies i ordered in june are in full bud and should have some late flowering lillies thanks for a great service due these trying times

HI Andrew
You’re very welcome. Thank you so much for your kind words. It really means a lot in the current circumstances.
Take care.

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