I purchased some lilies from you at the Harrogate Spring Show

This question was asked by
Anne W

The lilies I purchased had shoots about an inch/inch and a half. When I planted the bulbs on my return home I followed the instructions and buried the whole thing six inches deep.
Should I have buried the shoots or left them exposed as there is no sign of anything growing?

Hi there,

Yes it sounds about right what you have done. You need to plant the bulbs with 4-6inches above the top of the bulb. The shoots will find their way. Ensure you have planted them in well-drained soil or they will rot and in a sunny position (not shaded). I’m sure you will see them pop out of the soil surface soon as long as they are in the right conditions.

Lily Bulbs

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Bringing on lilies

This question was asked by
Roxanne l A

What is the best type of medium to plant lilies in when force starting indoors before moving into the garden?

You could try planting your lilies in a warm sunny position, like a glass house, windowsill of a conservatory etc.

Use John Innes No3 mixed with a multipurpose compost ensuring the pot has drainage holes. You can then feed your lilies with a diluted tomato feed.

Water regularly.

LILIES

Lilies growing under glass

The Hart Family

Harrogate Flower Show 2022

Harrogate Spring Flower Show 2022

Hurrah! The show season is upon us and we’ve hit the ground running. Our first show being at the Great Yorkshire Show Ground and it’s not one to disappoint. We were delighted to receive our first award of the year… a Premier Gold Award! Each year, it gets just as nail biting to see what we’ve received after judging… you’d think it would get easier but it doesn’t. The first show is always one we like to get right from the start. Judging is quite complex too. There’s so many factors to receiving an award, from the condition of the flowers, the layout, the signs and so on. Well done to all the exhibitors for another fab display throughout.

Once we are back in the nursery, we will continue to send out all your online orders that we received over the period of the show. We hate keeping you waiting but unfortunately all our stock travels to the shows with us, it’ll be worth the wait I promise! You can still plant up your lilies and summer flowering bulbs and we will continue to send your orders out as soon as possible.

Next up… Malvern Spring Festival, 5-8th May 2022.

Watering lilies in pots

This question was asked by
Caroline

Hello,
I received bulbs from you around 5-6 weeks ago, I have stored them In compost; I am now ready to pot up; please advise how to water. I have read not to allow water logging or over watering, it I’m still unsure!
Can you be a little more specific please.

Thank you very much
Caroline

Hi Caroline

You need to water your lilies regularly during active growth periods but do not over water them allowing the lily bulbs to get waterlogged as they will rot unfortunately.

So water them well (ensuring the pots have drainage holes) say once a week but more regularly when the weather is warmer.

Roselily Aisha planted in pots

Hope this helps.

The Hart Family

Large Lily Flower Heads

This question was asked by
Riki B

Which varieties of lilies has the largest flowers? Not including the giant lilies please.

Hi Riki

The Oriental Lilies will have the largest flower heads if you are not wanting the tree lilies.

Oriental Lilies

Have a look at Casa Blanca, Auratum goldband or Homerus, these are good varieties with large flowers.

Lily ‘Casa Blanca’ (harts1091)

Lily ‘Auratum Gold Band’ (harts1001)

Lily ‘Homerus’ (SKU17686)

Casa Blanca

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Red lily beetles

This question was asked by
Jane H

My poor martagon lillies were infested last year with red lily beetle. I picked them off every day, but still the came. Do you think sticky on the stem would help or do the fly in? Any suggestions please.

Hi there
They are a nuisance those beetles.
We have a lily beetle prevention spray and concentrate you can purchase to help combat the lily beetles.

Lily Beetle Prevention Concentrate (SKU179721)

Lily Beetle Prevention Spray (SKU17972)

Lily Beetle Prevention Spray £6.95

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Pollen free white lilies

This question was asked by
Angela B

Good Afternoon
I would like to grow white pollen free lilies in a pot and would appreciate knowing which is best, the only ones I had heard of were My Wedding but found another listed. Also do lilies have a single bloom from each bulb or multi flowers?
Thank you
Kind regards
Angela Booty

Hi Angela

Each bulb/stem can produce multiple flower heads.
We have quite a few white, double oriental lilies including Roselilies which are a newer variety that are pollen-free with a gorgeous scent:

Lily ‘Empress’ (SKU177222)

Empress Lily

Lily Empress

Lily ‘Fondu’ (harts10391)

Lily Fondu

Lily ‘Humber’ (harts103911)

Lily Humber

Lily ‘My Wedding’ (SKU17722)

Lily My Wedding

Lily ‘White Tornado’ (harts103912)

Lily White Tornado

Roselily ‘Aisha’ (SKU176191)

Roselily Aisha

Roselily ‘Angela’ (SKU17778)

Roselily Angela

Roselily ‘Dejima’ (SKU17989)

Roselily Dejima

Roselily ‘Leona’ (SKU17786)

Roselily Leona

Roselily ‘Monica’ (SKU17619111)

Roselily Monica

All are equally stunning, it just depends on your personal preference.

The Hart Family

Roselily Annika

This question was asked by
Kate M

I am keen to purchase Roselily Annika but it would appear that it is not available to purchase individually.
Can you confirm that it is to be included in the collection?
Many thanks

Hi there,

I am afraid not, the collection will contain a mixture of the roselilies we have in stock. if there is a particular variety you would like to include, please leave a note in the comments box and we will try our best to add it for you if it is in stock.

If you like Annika, have you seen Leona? That is very similar.

I have linked it below for you to have a look at.

Roselily ‘Leona’ (SKU17786)

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

Roselily Leona

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Delivery time

This question was asked by
Nathan

Hi i would like to buy some lily bulbs. When I go to checkout it only gives me February as a dispatch date? Am I able to get them sooner ?

These are the ones I would like to buy.

Lily ‘Accolade’
Roselily Bulb Collection (Pack of 10 Bulbs)
Lily ‘Forza Red’
Lily ‘Netty’s Pride’

Many thanks

Hi there,

Our lily bulbs will be dispatched from February onwards. This is when our crops are available.

Lily Accolade

Kind regards
Victoria

The Hart Family