When to lift and move lilies

This question was asked by
Geoffrey G

When is the best time to move lily bulbs Speaking to your staff at Newby Hall flower show I was told that the white lily oricle is better than casa blanca. have you got any stock of it?

I would let your lilies die back completely and then lift and move them. This will most likely be the end of Autumn.

Our Oracle lily can be found here:
Lily ‘Oracle’ (SKU176162)

Oracle Lily

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What compost or mix of composts do I use for the lilies?

This question was asked by
Elizabeth B

I have just ordered some Oriental lily bulbs from you to grow in large clay pots. What is the best compost to use? Do I need to add sand as some sites advise? How do I prevent the dreaded Lily Beetle?? I can start them in a cold greenhouse.

Hi there,
You can mix John Innes No.3 with a good quality Multi-purpose compost (50:50 mix). Adding horticultural grit for drainage is recommended.

We have a Grazers G4 spray or concentrate you can purchase for the lily beetle.

Lily Beetle Prevention Concentrate (SKU179721)

Lily Beetle Prevention Spray (SKU17972)

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Lily bulb storage/over wintering

This question was asked by
Noel W – 

Hi all, hope everyone is well there, for many years i have always left my potted lilies, the ones I use for cutting, to just die down naturally in the pots under cover in the barn having fed them virtually up to the leaves browning, i lost a lot of bulbs to the wet winters we get here in Ireland a few years back hence the barn storage, the question, is there a better way to overwinter them to get better bulbs in spring, for example remove from pots and dry store them, or would that affect the bulblets and when should the mother bulb be discarded or does it not matter, regards Noel.

Hi Noel

We advise leaving the bulbs in soil over winter. They like a cold dormant phase, so your barn sounds perfect. Give them a fresh top layer of compost each year. After 3 years you will need to divide your bulbs and break off the bulblets and replant them all.

You will notice the mother bulb will get weaker over time, you will then need to replace them.

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Planting

This question was asked by
Jane Spree – 

I have had a variety of your fabulous lilies for a couple of years in pots – I want to move them onto new soil and pots. Today I removed them from the original pots and want some guidance on what to do next please? Storage? When should I replant ? Type of compost etc etc?

They need keeping in soil at all times so plant them back up as soon as possible giving them some fresh compost. A good-quality, multi-purpose compost mixed with John Innes No. 3 (50/50) is a good mix for all lilies. You can add some horticultural grit as well for good drainage.

Your lilies will be happy to stay outside during the winter, they just don’t let to get waterlogged as they will rot.

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Thanks!

This question was asked by
Candace W – 

Hi
I just wanted to get in touch to say how much my family and I have enjoyed the fabulous scents in our garden this summer after planting about 30 mixed lily bulbs bought from you for a new border we created. It has been glorious and although only one lily is still in flower, we are hoping for another wonderful display next year.
Many thanks indeed!

Hi Candace

Thank you so much for taking the time to email us and letting us know of your pleasure with your lilies. We are so pleased to hear it!

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Lily x Rose

This question was asked by
Marlyn P – 

I am looking for the lily combined with a rose. My sister in law showed me a photograph, it was beautiful. I have tried finding it on your website,no luck. Lililium and lily come up. I hope I will be able to make a purchase of it.
Regards Marlyn.

You can find all the Roselilies here:

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Overwintering Lilies

This question was asked by
Melvyn

We were given 5 rose lily bulbs from your nursery earlier this year. We grew them in two 14” pots.They have now flowered and the leaves are beginning to go brown. What should we do if we want them to survive the winter and flower again next year?

How to care for Oriental Lilies
Lilies can tolerate very cold conditions but they do not like to get wet.
Lily bulbs do not like to be dried out so they must be kept in soil at all times.
If planting in pots, it may be an idea to tilt the pots on their side in the winter to prevent waterlog.
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.
You can feed your lilies with a Tomato Feed to stimulate and strengthen your lilies when you start to 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.

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