Eucomis

This question was asked by
Rosey Thompson

Hi. My eucomis bicolour from yourself did magnificently. Could you tell me the best way to keep them over winter?
Do I cut all the foliage off and take the bulbs up? They are in a pot.
Thank you
Rosey

Good afternoon
Leave your Eucomis to die back naturally.
Eucomis may need protecting over winter. Apply a mulch to protect from hard frosts. Cover with 10cm thick of bark or leaf mould.
Containers can be kept in a frost-free place over winter, bring them into shelter from October. Allow the compost to dry out for the bulbs to become dormant.
If you wish to lift them, dry the bulbs off and store them in a frost-free place such a shed or greenhouse.
In the spring, give your pots a top dress with a general fertiliser like Growmore.

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‘Tree like’ Lily Bulbs

This question was asked by
Sharon Chatterton

Hi, I’m after some tree lily bulbs but am assuming that it’s a bit late for planting them out now? If I order now could you tell me when they would be dispatched or am I better waiting until next year to order?

Hi there

You can pre-order your tree lilies now for dispatch in February. We can sell out so sometimes it is best to pre-order them to ensure you get the varieties that you want.

Tree-like Lilies

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Amazing lilies

This question was asked by
Mandy

I had some amazing lilies from you last year for the first time. Superb. Posted each one on my Facebook page. There are couple I would like but see they are out of stock. Are you likely to get them in again, they are Holland Beauty, Eudoxia, Shocking? Thanks

I”m so pleased to hear how much you have enjoyed your lilies this year. Unfortunately, we won’t have those varieties available for Feb dispatch. Have you seen Candy Club, Flashpoint or Olympic Torch?

Lily ‘Candy Club’ (harts10261)

Lily ‘Flashpoint’ (SKU17615)

Lily ‘Olympic Torch’ (harts1132)

Or Valverde which is similar to Eudoxia?

Lily ‘Valverde’ (SKU176481)

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Just saying Thank you!

This question was asked by
Jean Davis

This message is just to say a very big thankyou for all my bulbs. They all look very healthy and I can’t wait until next spring to reap the rewards. I will recommend you to my friends

Hi Jean

Thank you so much for your lovely words and for taking the time to message us. We really do appreciate it! It certainly puts a smile on our faces! Enjoy your bulbs.

The Hart Family

Choosing lilies

This question was asked by
Paul B

Hi could you help me select Lilies Longiflorum and advise which are autumn and which are Spring planters and general welfare advice.
Many thanks , Paul

Hi Paul

The only lily we have for planting in the Autumn is the Madonna Lily as this is a slightly earlier flowering Lily.

All the other lilies we have, will be dispatched in February ready for planting,

All lilies are easy to grow. The hybrid lilies are the easiest as they like any soil type as are the Longiflorum Lily Bulbs, which are lime tolerant and therefore suitable for borders or pots in either Alkaline or Acidic soils that are well drained.

All our Longiflorum Lilies are white and carry a gorgeous fragrance.

Longiflorum Lilies

Lilium Candidum (Madonna Lily)

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flame lily tubers

This question was asked by
Martin

To whom it may concern.

I would be very grateful for your advice, please.

Months ago you kindly sent me some Flame Lily tubers…to great success…the flowers are breathtaking!

Once the flowers are over and the leaves dried down…how should I look after the tubers with a view to growing more again next year? (Assuming that they do
flower a second time)

Best Wishes

Martin

Good afternoon,
After your Gloriosa has finished flowering for the season, leave the foliage in place; don’t cut it off. The leaves will gather sunlight, create food through photosynthesis and strengthen the bulb for the future.
Leaves and stalks may be removed when they yellow.
Gloriosa Lily Bulbs don’t like to get too cold, therefore if the temperature drops to -7 degrees, you’ll need to lift Gloriosa lily bulbs and store them indoors in ever so slightly damp peat moss. Or you can just replace them next spring for another year of winged blooms.
Your Gloriosa lilies will rest for a few months before beginning the next growing cycle in the spring/summer.
TAKE CARE NOT to touch the growing points on the bulbs; bumping and abraiding this area tends to reduce sprouting.

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My lilies have been infected with lily bug

This question was asked by
Clare J

Dear Harts Nursery,
My lilies have been infected with lily bug. Can I save them from this or do I need to throw them away? They have finished flowering but the bugs are still laying eggs on the leaves. 🙁
The flowers were BEAUTIFUL until the bugs infected the plant.

Hi Clare

They will be fine for next year so don’t throw them. The key is to be vigilant and keep wiping off the eggs and faeces (a brown yucky mess that contains the eggs to start with). If you can, try using the Lily Beetle Prevention spray but you need to spray constantly during active growth periods especially after rainfall and watering. You can also make a garlic solution spray with crushed garlic and water. If you grow fritillaria, you will need to spray and check them also.

Lily Beetle Prevention Spray (SKU17972)

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Begonias

This question was asked by
Peter Blick

On your site you offer 15 begonia corms for £12.50 and 5 colours.
Do they come packed in separate colours to allow them to be planted say 3 pink in a basket?

Hi Peter
They are a pre-mixed bag at a discounted price.

Begonia

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Query on delivery of Eucomis

This question was asked by
Rob H

Hello. I was just looking to find out when my order of Eucomis may be delivered. Thanks. Kind regards. Rob

Hello there
Your Eucomis need planting in the spring so they will dispatched out to you in February.

The Hart Family

Oriental Lilies

This question was asked by
Joan S

Could you advise me how to treat Oriental lilies grown in containers when they have finished flowering please?

Regards.
Joan

How to care for Oriental Lilies

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 the winter so they don’t need lifting. However, do ensure they have adequate drainage and do not 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.
You can feed your lilies with a Tomato Feed to stimulate and strengthen your lilies when you start to see signs of growth for the spring. Make up your tomato feed with half the recommended dilution (written on the instructions on the bottle) and feed once every 3 weeks.

Oriental Lilies

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