Bentley Lily bulbs over-wintering

This question was asked by
Linda S –

I planted Bentley lilies 3 in a pot earlier in the year and they flowered beautifully. What I don’t know is how to treat them this winter. Do I leave them in their pot(quite big to bring into my small greenhouse) or leave in a sheltered spot outside….or lift them? Advice please.

HI Linda

You can find all planting and care instructions on each product page on our website. Click on the link below and then on the ‘Care Instructions’ tab half way down the page.

Lily ‘Bentley’ (SKU17767)

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Caring for lily bulbs over winter

This question was asked by
Merilyn Ainley –

I bought some lily bulbs from you this year. Some went in the ground some in pots.
Do I cut the ones in the ground right ground to over winter and do they need covering?
What do I do with the ones in tubs? Do they need separating and repotting now and where do I put them over the winter? Do they need watering over winter?
Thank you

Hi Merylin

You can find all planting and care instructions on every product page on our website. Here are some key tips for caring for your lily bulbs:

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 winter so they do not need lifting or protecting. Do ensure they have adequate drainage so they don’t 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.
After a few years of flowering, you may find your lilies produce less blooms, it may be time to lift your bulbs and divide them by breaking off the bulblets. All the bulbs will then need replanting.

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.

LILIES

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Magnificent Asiatic Lilies

This question was asked by
Mary C – 

I bought some Asiatic Lily bulbs from you in the Spring. I planted them in pots and they were absolutely magnificent after an initial worry that they were not going to flower. You assured me that they would! Some of them were over 5 foot tall. My query now is can I leave the lilies in the pots in which I planted them in the spring or do I need to take them out, dry them off and store them for next year. Thank you.

Hi Mary
That’s fantastic to hear!
Yes leave the bulbs in the pots. You can cut off the seed heads and leave everything to die back naturally. Once the foliage and stem has turned yellow/brown, they can be removed. Ensure the bulbs don’t get too wet but they like a cold dormant phase and can remain outside during the winter.

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Tree lily purchase

This question was asked by
Dave W – 

When would be the best time of year to purchase some tree lilies from you?

Hi Dave

You can pre-order your tree lilies from us now to guarantee you get the varieties you would like incase we sell out. However, these won’t be dispatched until the spring when they need planting.

Tree-like Lilies

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Pre-ordering Lilies

This question was asked by
Helen

Am I ok to plant lilies in autumn? I am worried about waiting until spring in case stocks run out of the ones I want as a lot of plants/bulbs online seem to be selling out quicker than usual during lockdown.

Hi Helen

We do not send lilies out in the Autumn except for the autumn planted Madonna Lily. If you are worried that your favourite varieties may sell out, you can pre-orders your lilies now to guarantee delivery in February.

Lilium Candidum (Madonna Lily)

LILIES

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HOW SHOULD I OVERWINTER LILY BULBS

This question was asked by
Jamie Sage

I currently have 9 Isabella lilies in 3 large pots (27 cm). Should I leave them in the pots in a cool dry place overwinter or lift and replant them next year?

Hi Jamie
You can find all care and planting instructions on each product page our website:

Roselily ‘Isabella’ (SKU17619)

Hope that helps.

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Delivery for Denmark

This question was asked by
Preben Kristensen

I want to order 2 bulbs of cardiocrinum giganteum for delivery to Denmark – but I can’t order online.

Hi Preben

Unfortunately, due to the uncertainty of Brexit, we can not accept any International orders. We are hoping to know more come the 1st Jan 2021.

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Candy Cane collection.

This question was asked by
Alan C

Are you taking orders now for delivery Feb 2021??….
Regards,
Alan Cook.

We sure are Alan – if you pre-order now they will be delivered in February ready for planting.

‘Candy Cane’ Lily Collection (Pack of 12 Bulbs) (SKU17874)

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Anouska lilies as a xmas gift

This question was asked by
Tony

Are you able to despatch lily bulbs pre Xmas, to form Xmas presents, i.e. receipt 2nd/3rd week Dec. I am interested in the lily Anouska

Hi

All our lilies are dispatched in February ready for planting. We do Gift Certificates if you wish to purchase one of those for a xmas present or you could pre-order your Anouska lilies as a gift and send a card with an image of the Anouska lilies enclosed letting them know what they will receive in February. You can enter the recipient’s name and address in the Shipping field.

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