Category Archives: FAQ

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

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


This question was asked by
D. Norman Meagher

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)

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Tree Lilies

This question was asked by
George Stewart

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

Many thanks

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.

The Hart Family


This question was asked by
Anne Hutton

Do I cut back stems and leaves?
Or leave to die back normally like
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.

The Hart Family

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,

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.

The Hart Family

Planting bulbs

This question was asked by
J. Parker

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?

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

flame lily bulbs

This question was asked by
Ros Einchcomb

I would like to grow some flame lilies to be in bloom 6th March 2020. Is it possible to purchase from you and have them delivered now so that I can plant indoors and see if we get some flowers in time

I am sorry – we don’t send the Flame Lily out until next spring for Summer flowering.

The Hart Family

I am looking to buy rose lilly bulbs to be planted in pots

This question was asked by
Valerie Bridgeman

I do not want tree lillies. Can you recommend a small white rose lily suitable for a small garden.

Yes – all our white roselilies or double oriental lilies are stunning and shorter in height so they are ideal for pots or direct into your garden borders.

I have suggested a few gorgeous varieties below for you:

Roselily ‘Aisha’ (SKU176191)

My Wedding (SKU17722)

Roselily ‘Kathinka’ (SKU17814)

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Blue Lilies.

This question was asked by
C. Stather

Hi Harts Nursery,
Query about Blue Lilies , I Once saw a Vase of Blue Lilies but have
never been able to get any info;
regarding lilies in that colour, coulc you please help, as I would like to acquire some Bulbs.

Hi there,

We do not produce Blue lilies. These have usually been died in colour by a florist.

The Hart Family

gift voucher

This question was asked by
Mrs eileen G

I would like to send a gift voucher to my son for his birthday 31.10.19 to arrive by e-mail on the actual day.Can this be done and when can I arrange this please

Yes – if you order it now, he will receive the email straight away.

Kind regards

The Hart Family