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Begonia tubers

This question was asked by
Jacqui young

I have just received my order if trailing begonia tubers, thankyou fir such a quick service under these circumstances.
I just need to check if I can put them straight into the pots outside.?

Good evening – you’re very welcome.
Yes now the risk of frost has passed you can plant your begonias outside in pots in a nice sunny position.
You can find further instructions on how to plant your begonias on the page below:

Begonia Pendula (Pack of 15 Corms) (SKU17706)

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Planting Out

This question was asked by
Rob Eley

Hi, I have a number of large pots of lilies bought as mixed collections. On the whole they are tall varieties. This will be their third season in pots and I would like to plant them out. Is now a good time or shall I sink the pots again for this season and plant them out after the flowers have died off. They are just beginning to shoot and have obviously multiplied as there are many ancillary small shoots.
Thank you

When lifting and dividing your lilies, it’s best to wait for them to finish flowering and die back completely before you do so. Late Autumn to early winter is usually the time to be able to lift your lilies and replant them. I would leave them for this season as your lily bulbs have started showing signs of growth.

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Lily planting in a pot…

This question was asked by
J. Linsley

Good Morning. I have two pots, 48 Cm tall and 40 Cm diameter at the top, how many lily regale bulbs can I comfortably plant in each one?

Advice gratefully received. Thank you.

It does all depend on the type of arrangement you would like for your pots. I would suggest planting 3 to 5 bulbs in pot that big. Ideally I’d plant about 3 to give them the space they deserve as Regale lilies are such a stunning variety with large flower heads.

Lilium Regale (harts1024)

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Trailing begonias

This question was asked by
L. Giles

Hi, I would like to fill 10 x 14 inch hanging baskets with trailing begonias. How many tubers would you recommend per basket please?
When I know this, I can order from you.

Many thanks.

It can be difficult to judge how many bulbs to plant in a basket. I would suggest 5 begonia tubers for a hanging basket of 10×14″. Our Begonias are about 3-4″ in diameter so it will depend on the size of the tuber.

Begonia Pendula (Pack of 15 Corms) (SKU17706)

The Hart Family


This question was asked by
Sophie Moon

Are you currently taking orders due to the Coronavirus? If so what is your estimated delivery time.
Thank you, Sophie

Hi there,
Yes we are still sending out our garden bulbs for as long as we can. Currently, we estimate about 3-5 working days. We use the Royal mail to deliver our parcels and they seem to be working on schedule with their 48hour delivery service.

The Hart Family

Tree lily planting instructions

This question was asked by
J. Mehew

I would appreciate advice as to ideal growing conditions for tree lilies.

Hi there Jane,
I am sorry about that, all orders should have planting instructions with them.
Tree lilies can be planted in pots or in flower beds. The good thing about tree lilies is that they are happy in any well-drained soil. They like full sun ideally as they will lean to find the light otherwise and some tree lilies can get very tall.
If planting in the garden, plant the bulbs about 8″ apart. Space the groupings at least 3 feet apart.
If planting in pots, plant 3 bulbs in a 10-14″ ‘patio type’ pot using good-quality, multi-purpose compost.
Plant the bulbs with 4-6″ of soil above them.
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.
After a few years of flowering, you may find the Oriental Trumpets Lily produces 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.
To prevent Lily Beetles from damaging your lilies, we recommend using the Lily Beetle Prevention Spray. This Spray (Grazers G4) will also stimulate growth of your lilies.

Lily Beetle Prevention (SKU17972)

Hope this helps.

The Hart Family

Thank you

This question was asked by
Romana Jack

My lily bulbs arrived today, just 4 days after ordering. They are in superb condition and ready to spurt into growth. Thank you so much for the prompt service. At this testing time it is wonderful to be able to have the garden to work in and the lilies will be a joy when they flower.Keep safe and well and onceagainthank you

Aww thank you so much for your lovely comments. Happy Gardening and stay safe.

The Hart Family

Potted Lillium Auratum (my all-time favourate)

This question was asked by
Chris How

After some years in pots, they are now producing lots of young shoots. At the end of flowering, should I lift the bulbs and take the smaller ones out?
Should I repot immediately or overwinter them, then repot in the spring?
Thank you.

Good afternoon,
Sorry for the delay in replying. When the lily has finished flowering, cut the flower heads off and leave the foliage and stem to die back naturally. Once it has all turned hollow and yellow, it can all be removed. It should be well into Autumn by this time, you can then lift your bulbs, divide them and replant them. Leave them outside for winter as your lilies like a cold dormant phase. Just ensure they don’t get too wet and there is adequate drainage.

The Hart Family

Begonia Picotee Orange

This question was asked by
K. Mills

Hi just to make sure is it compost or soil if planted in hanging basket

If you are planting your begonias in the garden, you need a well-drained soil. If you are planting begonias in pots, then a good multi-purpose compost will be be fine.

The Hart Family

Nothing really

This question was asked by
Philip Clark

Just wishing you all well at this difficult time – I shall miss seeing your display at Chelsea if that is cancelled

Hi Philip – thank you for your lovely message. We are all well and hope you are staying safe too. We are utterly disappointed all our shows have been cancelled until the end of June but we are keeping everything crossed they they will be back on in July.

Stay well.

The Hart Family