Lily ‘Robina’

This question was asked by
Robina W

I have 3 Lily Robina in a pot. They have nice new sturdy shoots growing alongside the old stems but they also have many small groups of leaves growing as little plants. Can I repot them? Will they become true Lily Robina plants?

Hi Robina

They are baby bulblets that are forming on the side of the main bulbs. It’s probably time to divide your bulbs and replant them all. The bulblets probably won’t produce any flowers for a few years. I would wait now until your lilies have died back this year before you divide them. By the end of Autumn would probably be best the time.


Robina Lilies

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2nd year Tree lilies

This question was asked by
Sue T – 

I have some tree lilies in pots, this is their second year. The are quite top heavy and I was to move them into a border for next summer. When is the best time to do this?

Hi Sue

Once everything on your tree lily has died down, usually the end of Autumn, then you can transplant them to your borders.


Tree Lilies

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Lilly Nymph and Dalian

This question was asked by
C. Flower

Dear Harts Nursery,
I purchased the above lillies from yourselves earlier this year and planted in large terracotta pots.
This is the first time I have grown tree lillies, so am a complete novice.
They are growing well and have buds. Should I be feeding them and if so, how often and with what?

Kind regards,
Carolyn Flower

Hi Carolyn

Yes you can feed your tree lilies when you start to see signs of growth with a diluted tomato feed every 2 weeks.

Once they have finished flowering, snip off the flower heads and leave the stem and foliage to die back naturally before removing it all. This will feed the bulb for the following year.

Lily ‘Nymph’ (harts1027)

Nymph Lily

Lily ‘Dalian’ (SKU17770)

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Transplanting lily bulbs from pot to the garden

This question was asked by
Graham B

The area that i want to plant them is not ready yet. Some of the bulbs are shooting, can i plant them in 3-4 ltr pots now in a cold greenhouse, and when I’m ready carefully transplant them outside probably next month at the earliest. By the way arrived in perfect condition & well packed 10 out of 10.
Await your reply cheers Graham

Hi Graham
Thank you for your email – it’s great to hear your feedback.
Yes it will be absolutely fine to transfer your bulbs from a pot to the garden in a month’s time – just be careful not to damage the shoots when you transplant them.

The Hart Family

Help with deciding on scented lilies

This question was asked by
H. Cole

Hello i would like to order about four varieties of lilies but would like some suggestions on the most beautifully scented ones with very large flowers.



Hi Henriette

We have lots of varieties to choose from. The most scented lilies are the white oriental lilies.
Oriental Lilies
The whiter the flower the more fragrant it is as they attract the wildlife by their scent rather than colour.

Have you seen the roselilies? These are beautiful double-headed flowers and are highly scented also.
However, if you are after larger flower blooms, then the oriental trumpet lilies are the largest in size and height. These are called tree lilies due to their height. Nymph is a gorgeously scented lily:
Oriental Trumpet Lilies

The Hart Family

Lilies in a conservatory

This question was asked by
Florence L

Please could you tell me if I can grow lilies in an indoor, unheated north facing conservatory?
I’d be most grateful to hear from you.

We grow our lilies in a glass house so they will be absolutely fine. Just ensure the containers they are in have plenty of drainage.

The Hart Family

Tall Lilies

This question was asked by
Carolyn B

Do you sell a tall upright white lily we only know it’s name as Ice Breaker. I am waiting to put a order in but that is one my friend wants as well as another one so I want to get the order in one go. Thank you speak to you soon to order.

HI Carolyn

That isn’t a lily we have but we have plenty of tall lilies under the section Tree-like Lilies. These can reach a staggering height of 7ft! If you would like a particular colour, you can use our search filter at the top of each category page to help you narrow your choice down.
Tree-like Lilies

The Hart Family

Anouska lilies

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Hi there
my anouska lily flowers have died off,I have to pinch heads off and leave full stalks is this right? I have them in one tub,they were gorgeous and the smell unbelievable,now my question,do I bring my tub inside for winter and when and how far down will I cut stalks fully,I have ordered more different ones for planting Feb,thank you for all your advise this year as it was my first time growing anything, as I only have small balcony and I was so pleased,izzy xx

You’re welcome Izzy – glad to hear how happy you have been. Anouska is just gorgeous isn’t it!

Yes, cut the flower head off and leave the foliage and stem to die back naturally. When it all becomes brown and the stem is hollow, it can all be removed. The stalk should just pull out quite easily at this point or you can cut it off at the surface level if you wish. Lily bulbs like a cold dormant phase and can stand -20°c, they just don’t want to get waterlogged so ensure there is plenty of drainage in your pot.

The Hart Family


This question was asked by
Sally-Anne Hoyle

Hello, I live in the Highlands of Scotland, within the Cairngorms National Park.
I purchased lots of lilies from you earlier this year and have planted the majority of them in pots. I think that I was a little late with my planting and some of them have yet to flower and probably will not do so before the first frosts, even though they have lots of buds on them.. How should I treat my lily bulbs going into the winter? Will they survive in their pots? Should I bring the pots inside? What should I do with the ones which have not flowered? The ones which have flowered have been marvellous and I would be sad to loose them. Thank you, Sally-Anne

Hi Sally-Anne

Hopefully your lilies will flower soon, leave them to do their thing this year and allow them to die back naturally. Once everything has died back and turned brown, it can be removed. The bulbs themselves can stay outside during the winter. In fact lilies like a cold dormant phase and can withstand -20°c, they just don’t like to get wet. If the bulbs become waterlogged, they will rot. So ensure there is plenty of drainage. Tilting pots on their side or bringing them under shelter can also help.

The Hart Family