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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The best white allium cultivar?

This question was asked by
Jack Wallington

Hello,
Sorry to bother you, I was just wondering which white globe allium you’d recommend as the best one? I’ve seen some advice that says Mount Everest performs better than White Giant but it’s not very clear.
I’m trying to find the whitest flowers that last the longest.
Thank you
Jack

Hi there,

I would recommend White Giant for being taller and stronger and a an-round-better allium.

Allium White Giant (harts1112113)

Allium White Giant

Allium White Giant

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Planting bulbs

This question was asked by
Jane J

I purchased a large number of bulbs yesterday from your stall at Wisley.
My understanding is that it is best to wait to plant tulip bulbs when it is colder, late October to November. Do you agree?
If so, is it ok to store the bulbs in a dry garage in their sacks and brown paper bags?

Yes – you need to wait until the first frosts as they will kill any virus’s in the soil. You can store your tulips as they are in a cool, dark place like a garage etc. Ensure any rodents can’t get to them.

Tulips

Tulips

Tulipa Pride Mixed

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Hyacinth Gipsy Queen

This question was asked by
John L

Can you plant them in the borders or containers and just leave them without having to dig them up?

Hi there,

Not really, Hyacinths need protecting from the frosts.

Hyacinths

Caring for Hyacinth outdoors in the garden
Blooms should be removed as soon as they shows signs of brown.
Leave the foliage to die back natural.
Bulbs can be lifted as soon as the foliage has died back and stored in a cool, dry place.

Caring for Hyacinths outdoors in containers
Wrap containers with bubble wrap to protect from frost.
Once the flowers have faded, retuned the container to a sheltered spot in the garden.
Bulbs can be lifted as soon as the foliage has died back and stored in a cool, dry place.

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Alliums

This question was asked by
Joanna H

Hi

I am looking for Allium Angulosum Summer Beauty bulbs – I can’t see these on your website. Could you tell me what you have that would be the closest match – I would like to plant them in clusters at the front of the border.

Thanks

Jo

Sorry this isn’t one we stock I’m afraid. The closest we have is Allium Millenium that’s a bulbous root that can be planted in clusters.

Allium Millenium (harts11141)

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Tulips grown in pots

This question was asked by
Vanessa C

Having bought many bulbs from you over the years, for the first time last year I planted lots of them in pots.
I’d be grateful if you could tell me if they will flower again next spring if I just leave them?

Thank you
P.S. Our tree lilies are amazing by the way!!!!

Hi there,
Tulips are naturally perennials coming back year-after-year. However, in some circumstances when they do return they are smaller and don’t bloom as well in their second or third years.

Tulips will flower well for one year and then need lifting out of the soil and carefully stored if you want to use them again. Once everything has fully died back, you can lift them and store them in a dark, dry, airy place over summer, allowing the air to circulate around them. They can then be replanted in the Autumn.

Tulips

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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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