Category Archives: lillies

Care for Lilies

This question was asked by
Jane Simons

How best do you care for your lilies once planted?

Make sure your lilies are in a nice bright location, preferably sunny although part shade will do. You may find your lilies will lean towards the sun if they are not getting enough throughout the day. Moderately water your lilies not allowing them to become to dry and ensure the soil has good drainage.

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Lilies for Pots

This question was asked by
E A Cottone

Which are the best lilies for plant pots?

Any lilies will be ideal for pots, some lilies will grow tall so make sure you use a substantial pot for Oriental trumpet lilies. We also have lots of ‘Pot Lilies’ which are ideal for pots as they are a smaller variety.

Lily ‘Salmon Star’ (harts1106)

Lily ‘Sparkling Joy’ (harts11051)

Lily ‘Star Romance’ (harts11031)

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How long do lilies take to flower?

This question was asked by
hannah cook

Will my lily bulbs flower this summer or will it take 12 months?

We send out our lily bulbs from February onwards and it’s advised to plant them immediately, your lilies will then flower that summer from June through to August. The later you purchase your bulbs, the later in the year they will flower. They will then revert back to their usual flowering cycle the following year (which would be earlier).

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Grouping lilies

This question was asked by
Liz Waller

How many lily bulbs should I plant to get a good grouping of flowers?

If planting your lily bulbs in your garden borders, you can plant as little or as many bulbs as you like, make sure you leave around 6-8” between each bulb. When planting in pots we suggest 3 to a 12” pot or 5 to an 18” and so on. Planting in odd numbers gives a nice structured display.

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Same flowering time as lilies

This question was asked by
Rosie Delvene

What other flowers can I plant with Lilies to flower at the same time of year?

Lilies can be planted alongside any summer flowering bulbs bulbs. Choose bulbs that flower around the same time like gladiolus, dahlias and zantedeschia to name a few.

Mixed Gladiolus (Pack of 25) | SPECIAL OFFER! (SKU1785611)

Summer Splash Mixed Dahlias (Pack of 9 Tubers/Bulbs) (SKU1787011)

Mixed Zantedeschia (Pack of 3 Bulbs) | DON’T MISS OUT! (SKU1781811)

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What not to plant with lilies

This question was asked by
D. Mcquire

Are there any other summer flowering bulbs you wouldn’t recommend planting together with Lilies?

Not really. Most summer flowering plants can be planted alongside lilies. Just bear in mind lilies like a more prominent sunny area where as some bulbs would rather a more shaded aspect like martagons and cyclamen. It’s always worth thinking about staggering and lengthening the flowering period of your garden so you have more colour for longer.

For lilies, base your planting on the following flowering times:
We advise the following flowering times for each category of lilies:

End of June/Beginning of July : Asiatics
Asiatic Lily Bulb Collection (Pack of 12 Bulbs) (harts1154)

Beginning of July/End of July : Oriental trumpets (tree lilies)
‘Tree like’ Lily Bulb Collection (Pack of 12 Bulbs) (harts1152)

End of July/Beginning of August : Orientals and Roselilies
Oriental Lily Bulb Collection (Pack of 12 Bulbs) (harts1153)

Roselily Bulb Collection (Pack of 10 Bulbs) (SKU17653)

Roselily Bulb Collection (Pack of 10 Bulbs) (SKU17653)

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Maintenance of Tree lilies

This question was asked by
Alan Liddell

How much maintenance do the tree lilies require ?

Tree lilies need very little maintenance, as long as they are in a well-drained area or pot and in a nice sunny location you will find they need very little maintenance. Lilies also like to be left out in the winter to have a cold dormant stage so no need to be lifted.

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Cardiocrinum Giganteum

This question was asked by
Mary Brooke

Hi
I have just bought a cardiocrinum giganteum bulb and would like to know how to plant it. Have had conflicting advice about a) whether to leave the top of the bulb showing above the surface, b) how much moisture it likes and c) whether it can be planted now 27th March.
Many thanks.
Mary

Cardiocrinum giganteum like most soil types.
They prefer the soil to be moist but well drained.
Cardiocrinum giganteum like a shady position where the direct sunlight will not burn their leaves.
Plant the bulbs with the tip just at the surface so you can see the bulb and planting them in March/April is the time to plant them,

Cardiocrinum Giganteum (SKU17816)

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Scented flowers for garden pots/containers

This question was asked by
Tony Ashton

What’s best to plant in pots/tubs/containers for my patio that has the strongest scent?

The most scented flowers to have in your patio pots/containers would be all Oriental-type Lilies. They have a great fragrance to have in your patio pots for the summer months.

Oriental Lily Bulb Collection (Pack of 12 Bulbs) (harts1153)

Roselily Bulb Collection (Pack of 10 Bulbs) (SKU17653)

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

Multicoloured ‘Tree-like’ Lily Bulb Collection (Pack of 12 Bulbs) (SKU17752)

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Do I lift my lilies when they have finished flowering?

This question was asked by
Doreen Smiley

Do I lift my lilies when they have finished flowering?

Lilies do not need lifting after they have flowered. Once your lilies have finished flowering, cut the flower head off leaving the stem and foliage to die back naturally. Once everything has died back and turned yellow/brown and hollow, you can remove everything leaving about an inch of stem from the ground. Leave your lily bulbs out over winter as they like a cold dormant phase, they just don’t like to get wet so ensure they have plenty of drainage.

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