Planting Lilies and tulips

This question was asked by
Josh – 

Hi there, I’ve just leased myself an allotment and my wife wants to grow Dow Jones tulips and oriental Stargazer Lilies. How and when do I plant? Thanks

Hi Josh
The tulips need planting after the first frosts this autumn and the lilies will need planting next spring for summer flowering.

Lily ‘Stargazer’ (harts1003)

Tulips

All planting instructions can be found on our product pages online.

Stargazer Lily

Stargazer Lily

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Iris

This question was asked by
Rose burling – 

Hi  – we bought iris bulbs from Newby Hall and want to buy more but don’t want the same variety. Can you please tell me the 2 varieties we would have bought please. If  I purchase lily bulbs now, will I have to pay p&p for them as they get delivered later thank you

Hi Rose

Yes, there will be a delivery charge for the lilies but if you order your Iris this weekend then you will get free delivery for those with code FREESHIP.

The Iris we had at the Harrogate flower show were Blue Hill and Purple Hill.

Iris

iris

Iris

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Nerine Bowdenii Stock

This question was asked by
Rose

When do you expect to have Nerine Bowdenii in stock again please?
Many thanks

Hello there,

These will be back in stock to pre-order in the next month or so for delivery in the Spring. Please click on the ‘Notify Me’ box to be emailed when they are available to order.

Nerine Bowdenii (SKU17666)

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Hymenocallis Festalis – the Peruvian Daffodil

This question was asked by
Paulette D

Hi
Could you tell me how to care for a Peruvian Daffodil (Ismene Fistallis) once the flowers turn brown.

Hymenocallis Festalis white

Once your Hymenocallis Festalis has finished flowering, cut the flower heads off and allow the stem and foliage to die back naturally to feed the bulbs for the following year. If you have planted your Hymencaollis Festalis in the garden, you may need to lift and store your bulbs over the colder months to protect from frost. Lift your bulbs and store in a cool, dry place like a greenhouse or garage. Place bulbs in a paper bag or cardboard box for protection. The bulbs should be cleaned of any soil (you can brush off any excess soil).
If you have planted your Hymenocallis in pots, simply bring under cover until the risk of frost has passed.

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Autumn bulbs

This question was asked by
Ruth M

Advice needed
Been given £20 voucher…
I like white and blue alliums… close flowers and a mix of colourful others.

Hi there,
We have a great offer on alliums:

Allium Bulb Collection (Pack of 20 Bulbs) (SKU17627)

Allium Gladiator

Allium Gladiator

But we also have lots of other varieties to choose from with lots of offers available on collections, including tulips, daffodils etc:

AUTUMN PLANTED BULBS

Don’t forget you can use TREAT10 code for 10% off your order! 

Tulip

Tulip Grand Perfection

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What flowers to pick for containers

This question was asked by
Linda D – 

I’m a novice on bulbs. I’m after a variety of bulbs that will flower from spring till autumn and give a glorious burst of colour. Different heights so I can make a display that will ‘wow’. Suggestions of what size pot for number of bulbs and which is the best compost and feed etc.

Thanks very much.

Linda

Hi Linda

You have so many different flowers to choose from it really depends on the height, colour and variety you would like. Also, to have flowers all year through, you need to plant them at different times of the year.

On our website, our products are broken down into Autumn Planted Bulbs and Spring Planted Bulbs. You can then search by the flowering months as well so you can have something in flower all year through. For planting in pots, a good-quality, multi-purpose (peat-free) compost will do the trick for most varieties. You can then add a slow release fertiliser (link below) to help them on their way. You can also add horticultural grit to your compost and pots for good drainage. The main rule to planting in pots is to ensure there are drainage holes in your pots or your bulbs will rot.

Slow Release Fertiliser – Easy Feed Pack (SKU18119)

To get full and luscious pots full of flowers, we recommend layering your bulbs like making a lasagne. The Dutch call this a bulb lasagne. Simply plant your bulbs deeper to start with, with the largest or latest flowering bulbs further down, moving to the smallest and earliest flowering on the top layer. The shoots from the lower bulbs will find their way around the other bulbs. The first layer can go as deep as 28-30cm (11-12″), then cover them over with 5cm (2″) of compost, before you place the next layer of bulbs.

Bulb Lasagne

Bulb Lasagne

AUTUMN PLANTED BULBS

SPRING PLANTED BULBS

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Selection of bulbs

This question was asked by
Philip P – 

We would like some help on a selection of bulbs that flower from the beginning of January and then flower throughout the year, they are for our family plot at the crematorium, the space is 2.5 ft by 5 ft, and we would like to plant then all at once, kind regards

Hi Philip

To have flowers in bloom early in the year through to late autumn, you would need to plant them at different times of the year.

You can search on our website for flowering months which will help you plan for this. You will need to look in the Autumn Planted Bulbs section for the earlier flowering varieties and then move to the Spring Planted Bulbs section for the summer through to Autumn flowers. Search by month and this should help you get a long lasting display through out the year. You can also search by height and border position.

Garden flowers

Garden flowers

The Hart Family

Message of thanks

This question was asked by
Denise H

Thank you for our order really pleased with the quality and size of bulbs received, looking forward to seeing them all in flower in the summer. Very impressed with gloriosa rhizomes.

HI Denise

Thank you so much for your lovely comments – we really appreciate hearing from our customers.

Hope you have a lovely weekend.

The Hart Family