Alkaline Soil

This question was asked by
Gemma Holmes

Which lilies are best for alkaline soil?

If you have Alkaline soil then Asiatic lilies are best. Or hybrid lilies are also quite happy in Alkaline soil for example Longiflorum Asiatic lilies, Oriental Trumpet lilies and Martagons lilies.

Asiatic Lily Bulb Collection (Pack of 12 Bulbs) (harts1154)

‘Tree like’ Lily Bulb Collection (Pack of 12 Bulbs) (harts1152)

Arabian Night Martagon Lily (SKU17726)

Lily ‘Eyeliner’ (SKU17703)

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Watering Lilies

This question was asked by
Francis Machin

Do lilies need a lot of watering?

Believe it or not lilies can take quite a bit of drought. They really like to be well drained. Unless it’s very hot, then they only need watering once a week. If you are new to growing lilies, we would suggest trying the Oriental Trumpet Lilies to get you going as these are happy in any well-drained soil. Once you’ve started growing lilies, you’ll see how easy they are and you’ll be addicted I’m sure.

‘Tree like’ Lily Bulb Collection (Pack of 12 Bulbs) (harts1152)

Multicoloured ‘Tree-like’ Lily Bulb Collection (Pack of 12 Bulbs) (SKU17752)

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Scented lilies

This question was asked by
J. Saunders

How do I choose the lilies that are scented?

Any Oriental Lily has a fragrance, so look at Orientals, Oriental Trumpets Lilies (these are the tree-like lilies) and Roselilies. All these have wonderful perfumes. We find the whiter the lily the more fragrant it is.

Oriental Lily Bulb Collection (Pack of 12 Bulbs) (harts1153)

Roselily ‘Aisha’ (SKU176191)

Lily ‘Proposal’ (SKU176161)

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Growing Lilies in the garden

This question was asked by
A. Sykes

Can you tell me what other summer bulbs I can plant with my lilies?

Hi there,
Most summer bulbs grow well alongside lilies. These include Dahlias, Crinums, Amarines, Gladiolus and Zantedeschia. These will all look lovely planted together in your borders or patio pots.

Summer Splash Mixed Dahlias (Pack of 9 Tubers/Bulbs) (SKU1787011)

Crinum Powelli Alba (Pack of 3) (SKU17916)

Amarine (Pack of 3 Bulbs) (SKU178901)

Mixed Gladiolus (Pack of 26) (SKU178561)

Zantedeschia ‘Memories’ (Pack of 3 Bulbs) (SKU1781712)

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Ordering as a gift for a friend

This question was asked by
P. Barker

I have an account with you ,but I want to send some lily bulbs to a friend . How do I do this on line .
Thanks Pat

If you order as normal online and enter all your details for the payment and Billing address, then you can just change the Shipping address to your friend’s address and she will receive the order.

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Thank you

This question was asked by
J. Normansell

As a new gardener last summer I purchased some tulip bulbs at the Southport flower show. WOW they are amazing and cant wait to see you guys in August. Wish I could forward the pics to you I am so proud of them and it shows the high quality of your bulbs. Thank you. Mrs JA normansell

Aww thank you Julie. The photos you sent through on facebook were fab. We value all our customer’s feedback. Please feel free to give us a little review if you get a chance. It’s great for our other customers to see.

https://www.facebook.com/pg/HartsnurseryUK/reviews/?ref=page_internal

Best wishes
Victoria

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Wow what a year!

Happy New Year everyone!
We are hoping this year will be as exceptional as 2019 was for us. We received Gold Medals at every show in the floral marquee… that’s a total of 10 shiny Gold Medalsfor 2019! We also achieved 5 Star awards for all of our 8 Plant Village Exhibits including the Best Exhibit at the RHS Cardiff Flower Show.  At the beginning of 2019, we were awarded the ‘Lawrence Trophy’ and the ‘Mrs. T E Rivis Prize’ for our cut flower display at the RHS Chatsworth Flower Show 2018. And to add the icing on the cake, the most prestigious award for us was the coveted ‘Presidents Award’ at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019, which was so overwhelming and unexpected! The year finished with a feature on the BBC’s Gardeners World about our nursery and exhibit at the RHS Tatton Park Flower Show. Here’s hoping that 2020 will be as successful as last year! Judging by the amazing new varieties we have for this year, it could well be!
So it’s the start of a new gardening year and it’s now time to start thinking about planting summer flowering bulbs, especially our highly-awarded ‘Lilies‘. Our new lilies will be added to our website soon so please check back …

Planting guide for Tree lilies

This question was asked by
Sarah

Bought Oracle bulbs from you at Hampton Court show but can’t find them on your website when I look for planting advice & height. Could you send me brief details please? Thanks

Hello there,
Lilium Oracle is an oriental trumpet lily:

Planting Instructions:
Oriental Trumpet Hybrid Lily Bulbs should be planted as soon as possible. Ideally in the Spring but can be planted up until the Autumn.
Find a location with full sun or partial shade with well-drained soil.
Oriental Trumpet Hybrid Lilies can tolerate most soil types, Acidic or Alkaline.
Arrange the Lilies in an odd-number grouping.
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.

Care Guide:
Lilies can tolerate very cold conditions but they do not like to get wet.
If planting in borders in the garden, the soil must be well drained and, preferably, humus rich.
If planting in pots, make sure lilies are kept moist but do not get waterlogged.
Lilies prefer to be planted in a location with at least half a day’s full sunshine, if it’s a bit too shady they will lean their stems towards the sun.
Lily bulbs do not like to be dried out so they must be kept in soil at all times.
Try to plant your lilies where they will dry out after rain to prevent Botrytis, a fungus that spots the leaves. If you do see brown spots on your leaves, spray with a fungicide recommended for roses.
If planting in pots, it may be an idea to tilt the pots on their side in the winter to prevent waterlog.
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.
You can feed your lilies with a Tomato Feed to stimulate and strengthen your lilies when you start to see signs of growth. Make up your tomato feed with half the recommended dilution (written on the instructions on the bottle) and feed once every 3 weeks.

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Lifting and dividing Tree lilies

This question was asked by
L. M Jeffery

I’ve been buying ‘tree lilies’ from you for the past few years and now the original purchases (High Tea) have made quite large clumps with 4 or 5 flowering stems. They are stunning, but are they likely to continue to bulk up? If they are, I think it might be time to lift and divide them once the foliage has died back. What is your advice, please?

We would advise lifting and dividing your bulbs after 3 to 4 years of planting.
The baby bulbs will take some time to get established though.

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Will lily bulbs grow on a north facing balcony?

This question was asked by
Mrs D Leadley

Will lily bulbs grow on a north facing balcony? I am interrested in the Roselilies.

As long as they get some Sunshine through out the day – at least a few hours and they are planted in a well-drained soil, then they will be absolutely fine.

Roselilies are a gorgeous variety. They have no stamen but they still have a lovely fragrance.

Roselily ‘Elena’ (SKU17618)

Roselily ‘Natalia’ (SKU17617)

Roselily ‘Isabella’ (SKU17619)

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