Transplanting lilies

This question was asked by
John R – 

I have had some lilies in a pot for several years doing very well but ready for transplanting. What exactly do I go about it do not want to lose them?

You can transplant your lilies now – try not to damage any shoots. Carefully dig the bulbs up and replant them in your desired spot. Ensuring the soil has plenty of drainage. If you are planting your lilies from pots to the garden, ensure you have the correct soil for the lily type. As a general rule, oriental lilies like an acidic soil and asiatic lilies prefer an alkaline soil. If you have any of the hybrid lilies including the tree lilies – they are happy in any soil type. If the bulbs have any baby bulblets, you can divide them and replant them also. The baby bulblets may not produce much for a for the first few years but they will mature over time.
You can give your lilies a boost by giving them a diluted tomato feed.

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Lily beetles

This question was asked by
E S

How can i stop them annihilating all of my lillies.
I’ve put the plants in the greenhouse and they still manage to get at them
What can I do?

Hi Elizabeth

We have a few options to try with eradicating the Lily Beetle. You can try using the Lily Beetle Prevention Spray (SKU17972) or make up your own with the Lily Beetle Prevention Concentrate (SKU179721). Or you could try making your own Garlic Solution to spray on with garlic and water.

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Transplanting lily bulbs from pot to the garden

This question was asked by
Graham B

Hi
The area that i want to plant them is not ready yet. Some of the bulbs are shooting, can i plant them in 3-4 ltr pots now in a cold greenhouse, and when I’m ready carefully transplant them outside probably next month at the earliest. By the way arrived in perfect condition & well packed 10 out of 10.
Await your reply cheers Graham

Hi Graham
Thank you for your email – it’s great to hear your feedback.
Yes it will be absolutely fine to transfer your bulbs from a pot to the garden in a month’s time – just be careful not to damage the shoots when you transplant them.

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Help with deciding on scented lilies

This question was asked by
H. Cole

Hello i would like to order about four varieties of lilies but would like some suggestions on the most beautifully scented ones with very large flowers.

Thanks,

Henrietta

Hi Henriette

We have lots of varieties to choose from. The most scented lilies are the white oriental lilies.
Oriental Lilies
The whiter the flower the more fragrant it is as they attract the wildlife by their scent rather than colour.

Have you seen the roselilies? These are beautiful double-headed flowers and are highly scented also.
Roselilies
However, if you are after larger flower blooms, then the oriental trumpet lilies are the largest in size and height. These are called tree lilies due to their height. Nymph is a gorgeously scented lily:
Oriental Trumpet Lilies

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Splitting Lilies

This question was asked by
John richard H

When is the best time to split lilies up, I tend to leave them in same tub, but there are too many now.
Thank you

Hi there John

You can lift, divide and replant your lilies once everything has died back from the last season and before signs of growth of the following season.

Now should be a good time.

LILIES

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‘Samantha’ Roselily

This question was asked by
Samantha H

Hi sorry to bother you but we bought some ‘Samantha’ Roselily bulbs from you last year and they were lovely! We followed the instructions and cut off the dead flowers but left the stems! We now have what looks like dead/brown/woody stems and we are not sure what to do now? Do we need to remove the stems now so the new stems will grow? Sorry we haven’t had any of these before and are hoping if we do it right they will be a lovely this year too! I await your expert answer! Many thanks Samantha

HI Samantha
Yes you can remove the stems now, you should start to see new growth in the Spring.

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Can I plant lilies in March?

This question was asked by
Jo

Hi – if I order lily bulbs now, will I receive them in March? Will that mean i will have time to plant them for flowering this year?

Hi Jo

Yes that is correct, Lilies need planting in the spring for summer flowering. So March is a perfect time to plant them for flowers in the summer.

LILIES

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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

The Hart Family

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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