Calla lilies

This question was asked by
Mrs josephine H

How do I look after a calla Lily during winter in a big pot? What months do they flower and can they stay in a pot.

Calla Lilies are ideal for planting in containers for houseplants or for seasonal outdoor bedding displays. They need planting the spring for flowers throughout the summer months. Usually around June, July and August and they are such a long lasting flower.
If planting in pots, use a loam-based compost like John Innes No. 2 but a good multi-purpose compost is also fine.
Lift Rhizomes before the first frosts and store them over winter before replanting them next Spring (after the risk of frost has passed).
Store Rhizomes in trays of compost in a cool, dark, frost-free location, e.g a garage, shed, warm greenhouse or conservatory.

Calla Lily – Zantedeschia

The Hart Family

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.

The Hart Family

Gloriosa lilies

This question was asked by
Lois J

Now my gloriosa lilies have finished flowering do I stop watering or keep watering for the foliage.
Thank you

Yes you can stop watering them and leave them to die back naturally before removing removing all the dead foliage. It will then flower again next year. More instructions can be found here under the Care Instructions tab.


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Previous purchase

This question was asked by
Barry Tucker

Earlier this year I purchased 6 white lily bulbs from you as white lilies are my wife\’s favourite flower, I planted them as per instructions and they began to grow quite tall eventually getting lots of buds, that seemed to be there a very long time without blossoming , my wife was doubting the quality of what I had bought then about 2/3 weeks ago they started to open , and her first reaction when the first one opened was \”wow\” they are amazing, they are now all in full bloom and are the dominant flowers in our garden , Thank you very much for your great service.
On the card that came with them, it says to remove the flower heads when they die-off but leave the stems , could you tell me how long we have to leave the stems , will they eventually just wither away or do we have to do anything with them
I will now be surfing your site with next year in mind, I am a novice gardener but growing your beautiful lilies as made me feel a professional LOL
Kind Regards

Hi Barry
Thank you for your lovely email. I’m so pleased to hear how happy you are with your lilies.

Once you have cut the flower heads off, the stem and foliage will die back and turn a yellow/brown colour. The stem will eventually go hollow. It can then be removed and discarded (usually towards the end of Autumn time). Leave your bulbs where they are over winter and ensure there is adequate drainage. They then should flower again next year.

The Hart Family

Thank you

This question was asked by
Cathy Taylor

I wanted to let you know how much joy and beauty your Lilies have brought to a sheltered area of our garden in North Yorkshire. Believe it or not, they are just flowering now and the scent from them while having a cup of tea this afternoon was a real lift to the spirit as Autumn creeps over the fields! I planted them in pots and despite signs of a potential attack by the dreaded red beetle and some wily slugs, they have survived and are stunning! At the first sight of these pesky little bugs, I checked each pot thoroughly every day until I felt confident they had disappeared! I am now ready to look at more Lilies for next year – as you can see I have become obsessed – for next year and also some tulips. If the tulips \’give\’ like your Lilies I will have so much happiness from Spring through to Autumn!
Thank you for the expert quality of your beautiful bulbs!

Kind regards


Hi Cathy – thank you so much for your kind words. It makes us smile knowing we have cheered you and your garden up during this uncertain time. Enjoy.

The Hart Family

When will you have most of your Lily bulb stock available?

This question was asked by
Kate Ellington

When is the best time to buy lily bulbs?
Also when will you have the greatest amount of bulbs available?
Thank you, Kate Ellington

Hi there,
Lilies are planted in the Spring usually but we keep ours in cold store so they can still be planted now (June). They will need planting as soon as they are received as they will be wanting to flower within 8 to 12 weeks. Everything will be back in stock for pre-ordering in August for delivery in February.
Everything we have available now can be located here:
Lily Bulbs
The Hart Family

RHS AGM Accredited Lilies

This question was asked by
Alex Coleman

Good morning.
Are any of your lilies “AGM”- credited or does AGM not apply to them?
Is it ok to plant different varieties in very close proximity, eg. crammed in a large pot or will this cause problems?
Thank you.

The following lilies are AGM accredited :

Lily ‘African Queen’ group (harts1021)
Lily ‘Casa Blanca’ (harts1091)
Lily ‘Golden Splendour’ (harts1022)
Lily ‘Pink Perfection’ group (harts1023)
Lily ‘Regale’ (harts1024)
Lily ‘Selene’ (harts10001)
You’ll be fine to plant different lilies together in a pot.
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Is it best to wait until next year for lily bulbs now?

This question was asked by
Ann C

Can I buy Lillies now and plant them ready for next year? I have a number of your plants and have been very pleased with them

Hi Ann
You can order them now and they will be dispatched next week and will be in flower in the next 8-12 weeks. But if you wish to order them for planting next year, they will available to pre-order from August.

The Hart Family