Lily Beetle Advice

This question was asked by
Glenys –  

Hi, I am a lover of lilies but alas, so many succumb to the dreaded lily beetle. Apart from picking them off by hand which is never ending with the many that I grow, can you advise on any beetle resistant lilies and what sprays can be used/home made possibly, bearing in mind that I garden organically.

Thanks for your help, Glenys

You could try our lily beetle prevention spray which is environmentally friendly or you could make up your own garlic solution. Crush a whole corm of garlic in a small pan of boiling water. Allow to cool, strain and put in a small container in the fridge. When using, dilute three parts water to one part garlic solution. Spray often, every few days, especially when it has rained. There is a garlic product available in garden centres and stores, but this is a much cheaper alternative.

Lily beetle

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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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Lilies for new Japanese themed garden

This question was asked by
Chris S – 

Good evening,
I am in process of making our third garden. First was restoration of a Jekyll garden in Merton Park; then restoration of a typical Cornish garden planted up in the 19th century but overtaken by spotted laurel – originally planted as a windbreak. now i am making a new japanese garden following a visit to the Adachi Museum garden in Japan. Rocks, gravel “stream” path, acers and (hopefully) small areas of single species flowers at different seasons mingled with the rock work. What lilies would you recommend – not too tall for the most part (although I love Candidum). At the moment I am wondering about “Turks’ Head” type but would welcome your advice regarding a further 5 or 6 varieties.
Kind regards,
Chris

Hi Chris

Any lilies will fit well in your Japanese style garden including other flower varieties nicknamed the Pineapple Lily (Eucomis) and the Guernsey Lily (Nerines). Also, have you seen our Specie lily page? These are stunning varieties that would suit your garden theme.

Eucomis

Eucomis

Eucomis

Nerines

Nerines

Nerines

Species Lilies

Fusion Lilies

Fusion Lilies

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Oriental lilies

This question was asked by
Jayne H – 

Is it too late to plant oriental lilies in pots to flower this year I.e. in July or August?

No it isn’t too late at all – we will still be sending out until June and they will all flower this year. Usually, lilies will take 8-12 weeks from planting to flower if they have been kept in dormancy in cold store.

Oriental Lilies

Lilies

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Madonna Lily

This question was asked by
Chris – 

Is there any way I can get 50 of these bulbs now?

Thanks for your help.

Chris

Sorry it is the wrong time of the year for Madonna Lilies – these need planting in the Autumn.

Lilium Candidum (Madonna Lily)

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Giant tree lillies

This question was asked by
Geoffrey W

Can I order 3 different varieties, 1 of each colour?

Yes, you can choose your lilies like a pic n mix sweet shop 😊 Just add 1 bulb of each variety to your basket.
LILIES

Lilies

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Lily bulbs

This question was asked by
Di C

I bought 3 exquisite bulbs at Chelsea dome years ago. The were deep red and called Resolute. Do you stock them? Or know who does? I can’t locate them online….

Hi Di

Unfortunately, we haven’t got that Oriental trumpet lily available this year – we do have the following that are very similar:
Lily ‘Largo’ (SKU176841)

Lily ‘Carbonero’ (SKU17684)

Lily ‘Fujian’ (SKU17777)

All equally gorgeous in colour, height and scent.

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Oriental lilies

This question was asked by
Maureen R

Having seen empress oriental lilies planted on ‘Love Your Garden’ I googled the lily and decided to order from Harts Nursery. I spoke to an extremely pleasant young man who helped me with my order and he informed me it was your bulbs which featured – so very happy. I naturally ordered more than I intended !!! and have received the excellent looking bulbs Can I use ericaceous compost in pots rather than John Innes No 3 as I have quite a large quantity already. Thx

Aww I’m so pleased to hear how happy you are! Yes an ericaceous compost is absolutely perfect for Empress.
Hope they bring you lots of joy in the summer.
Take care

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