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New Lilies for 2019

Last Summer we asked you to vote on Facebook for your favourite lily from some potential new varieties for 2019! Well, here they are in order of popularity. All these new lilies are available on our website to order for delivery in February 2019. 


Manipulation of flowering times

This question was asked by
john waddington

Having seen your displays at several shows both early and late in the seasons it is evident that you have some experience of ‘timing’ the flowering of certain cultivars. I am a keen grower of the lily (Orientals mainly) and also like to exhibit flowers at the local horticultural show, can you give any general advice regarding planting times/how to stagger those times to achieve flowers in bloom …say for early September
-most of mine want to start flowering in mid July and have been and gone by the end of

regards John

ps i’ll see you at Harrogate as usual

Hi John

We would advise planting your lilies a lot later in the season for September flowering. Usually about 12 weeks before you wish to see them in flower, try planting yours early June and hopefully they will be ready for your display.

See you at Harrogate!

Loraine Hart

Tree like Lily Bulb Collection (Pack of 12 Bulbs)

This question was asked by
Mrs Margaret Brown

How do I plant tree lilly bulbs?
How deep, space apart etc?

Oriental Trumpet (Tree-like) Lily Bulbs should be planted in the Spring.

Find a location with full sun or partial shade with well-drained soil.

Oriental Trumpet 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.

Kind regards
Loraine Hart

Dwarf lilies

This question was asked by
J Gibson

I have just placed an order online with you for 18 oriental lily bulbs, but would also like some dwarf oriental lilies. Do you expect to get any Entertainer and Mona Lisa in stock again.

Unfortunately, these dwarf lilies have been discontinued. We do still have Salmon Star and the Tiny Series of lilies.

Salmon Star (harts1106)
Loraine Hart

Info on lily bulbs

This question was asked by
Trevor Heaton

“Jisca” and “Signum” lily bulbs- Can you tell me the height roughly of each please and do both prefer acidic soil? My soil is very clayey so I am tempted to put them in to pots.

Jisca and Signum will both reach about 90cm tall.

Planting in pots would be perfect for these varieties. We would suggest using an ericaceous soil. Happy planting.

Loraine Hart

Growing Lilies in Pots

Growing lilies in pots is a great way to add a pop of colour to your gardens. You can then choose to keep them in their pots or replant them into your flower beds throughout the growing season.

For best results put your pots in a spot that gets a lot of sunlight throughout the day and ensure the soil is well drained. Lilies don’t like standing in water! In fact, you only need to keep them moist, sometimes water every few days, meaning in rainy periods you may not have to water them much at all.

Dwarf lilies/Pot Lilies and other short stemmed lilies tend to be popular as pot choices as they fill out with flowers. If you want taller plants, AsiaticsOrientals and Trumpet lilies can grow nice and tall with an abundance of flowers on the top. Just check the height of each variety as they can vary. Our website gives you the average height for each lily.

Ensure your pot is big and heavy enough as some varieties can become tall with lots of flower heads, this will prevent them from falling over from strong winds. You can add rocks or pieces of broken pots to the bottom to help with your drainage . If you don’t have sufficient drainage in your pots your plants could rot. Once your lilies have flowered and died back ready for their cold-dormant stage through-out the winter months, it’s a good idea to tilt your pots on their side to prevent waterlog. More advice can be found on our website.

Will your Pollen-free Lilies flower in the first planting season, and are they ok in pots?

This question was asked by

I’m interested in your pollen-free lilies. Will the bulbs in your range all flower in the first planting season?
Are they OK in pots – I have a bad snail and slug problem?

Hi there,
Yes all our Pollen-free lilies including the Roselily series will all flower this year. We dispatch our bulbs at the end of February ready for planting immediately. You will then see your flowers in bloom in the Summer months of this year (depending on which variety you choose).
We have some great Roselilies that are pollen free and all our lilies ideal for pots. We have more advice on how to plant on our website.
Loraine Hart