Advice re planting lilies

This question was asked by
Deirdre – 

Hi – I have just had an email saying Claude Shride martagon lily is back in stock. If I buy now (July) would I receive them now or next spring? My second question is, could I plant them up in Autumn if I receive them before next spring?
Many thanks

Hi Deirdre

Our Martagon lily bulbs will not be ready for dispatch until February 2022. You can pre-order them now to avoid disappointment if we sell out.

Martagon Lilies

Claude Shride Martagon Lily (SKU17696)

Claude Shride  Martagon Lily

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FAQ on growing lilies

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Lilies

How do I plant my lily bulbs?

Lilies are very hardy bulbs. They can tolerate very cold conditions but do not like to get wet. If planting in borders the soil must be free draining and preferably humus rich. Some lilies prefer acid soil, mainly Oriental lilies, and some prefer alkaline mainly Asiatic lilies. It is best to check which soil you have. When planting in pots or tubs you must make sure that they are kept moist but do not get waterlogged. Plant bulbs with 4-6″ (10-15cm) of soil above them. If planting in pots, plant 3 in a 10-14″ (25-35cm) pot, in a good-quality, peat-free, multi-purpose compost. John Innes No.3 is ideal for Lilies also. If it appears too dense, add some horticultural grit to improve drainage.

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Helpful tips on growing lilies

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Planting your lilies couldn’t be easier once you have chosen the right soil for the variety.

Simply plant with the growing tip pointing upwards and the roots below and cover the top of the bulb with 4-6” (10-15cm) of soil. 

If planting in pots, plant 3 bulbs in a 10-14” (25-35cm) ‘patio type’ pot. You can plant more in a larger pot or less in a smaller pot. It really depends on the display you would like to achieve. You can also stagger the planting, using different lilies to achieve different heights.

Which lilies are best for your garden

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Luscious Lilies for your garden pots or borders

Whether you’re a fan of scented or unscented; tall or short; subtle or bold colours, there’s a  lily for everyone. I often get asked how to choose a lily and I guess this is where I start…

Where are you thinking of planting your lilies?

Asiatic Lilies

Firstly, where would you like to grow your lilies? Pots or garden borders? If you’re planning on planting up your lily bulbs in pots for your patio (or making a pot feature around your garden), then the world is your oyster when it comes to lily choice. This is because different lilies like different soil types. Therefore, you can choose any lily and just mix up the right soil/compost for it. Lilies are generally happy in a good-quality, peat-free, multi-purpose compost. This leads me to the next question…

Lilium Majestic Joy

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Purchasing Arsenal Lilies

This question was asked by
Christine W

Hi would you be able to email me when you get the Arsenal lily back in stock please.
Regards
Christine

Unfortunately, I don’t think this one will be available again.

Have you seen Delicate Joy or Heartstrings? These are quite similar to Lilium Arsenal.

Lily ‘Delicate Joy’ (SKU17647)

Lily ‘Heartstrings’ (SKU17739)

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Giant and martagon lilies

This question was asked by
Sheila C

These are out of stock at the moment. When will you have them in again for planting next year, please?

Hi Sheila

Everything we will have for next year is available to pre-order now:

Tree-like Lilies

Martagon Lilies

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Storing lilies over winter

This question was asked by
Nina B

This year I purchased a selection of your Lilies, for the first time, and I am still enjoying their amazing colour, form and scent. Please can you give me advice about storage over winter. Many thanks.

Hi Nina

Cut the flower heads off when they have finished flowering. Allow all the foliage to die back naturally. Leave your lilies where they are, either in the ground or in pots. Lily bulbs like to have a cold dormant phase throughout winter. Usually by the end of autumn you can remove all the spent foliage and stem. Ensure your lilies do not waterlogged or too wet as this will rot them.

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Lilies

This question was asked by
Emyr P

My daughter works in a florist and has recommended a Rose Lilie.
Is it on you stock, and if so the price please.
Thanks
Emyr

Hi Emyr

We have lots of Roselilies so you have come to right place… you can pre-order them now for delivery in February ready for planting.

Roselilies

We have a great collection on offer here:

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

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tiny lily collections

This question was asked by
simon campbell

Afternoon,
will the tiny lilly collections come back into stock? or would i have to order individual dwarf bulbs which is obviously more expensive ,
thanks kindly for your help

Good Morning
I have added these back in stock this morning for you.

‘Tiny Series’ Lily Bulb Collection (Pack of 12 Bulbs) (harts11541)

‘Tiny Series 2’ Lily Bulb Collection (Pack of 12 Bulbs) (harts115411)

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