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

Growing tree lilies

This question was asked by
E. Wilson

I stay in the central belt in Scotland are Tree-like Lilies reasonably hardy and do they require special compost and do the bulbs multiply over time?

Tree lilies are very hardy, in fact they like a cold dormant phase and can tolerate down to -25 degrees. They are happy in any well-drained soil and will multiply over the years. After 3 years, remove the bulblets and replant.

Loraine Hart

Allium gigantium

This question was asked by
Valerie

How would I plant 3 bulbs if I wanted to grow in pots would they need a pot each and what size pot do I need and what compost .

It’s personal choice on how you wish to plant them. If you want 3 in a pot, we would advise a 12″ pot. A free-draining, multi-purpose compost will be fine, or try John Innes No. 3.

Loraine Hart

Looking after lilies

This question was asked by
Carolyn

I have noticed that there is what looks like little bulbs growing at the top of the leaves of the lilies. I wasn’t sure it they were new bulbs. Also should you take the bulbs out of the soil at the end of the season and rest them over winter.

Do not be tempted to lift them as Lilies are hardy flowers and like a cold dormant phase and need to be left over winter.
The bulbs you mention on the leaves are seeds, they can be removed and planted. In 3 to 4 years they will bloom into a mature lily.

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

Alliums

This question was asked by
Mrs. Beryl Matthews

I have today purchased some Allium bulbs from your stand at the RHS Tatton Flower show. What time of year is the best time to plant them and do they need to be kept in a cool dark place until they are planted?

You’ll need to plant your Alliums in the Autumn. Please keep them somewhere cool and dry in the meantime.

Loraine Hart

Aftercare for Lilies

This question was asked by
Sandra Hannington

I purchased lily bulbs from you earlier this year, just put them in pots and have had the most magnificent display of lily flowers, which I am still enjoying. It seems so much return for so little effort on my part so far. But when they have finished flowering what should I then do to achieve a similar display next year. They have given so much pleasure I feel I need to reward them for a promise of future flowers.

I’m so pleased to hear how much you have enjoyed your lilies – they’re fantastic aren’t they?
When the Lilies have 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 the stems become hollow and brown. You’ll simply be able to remove it by hand and throw away. Lilies like a cold dormant phase, leave them where they are and they should show a good display the following year. If they are in pots, just make sure they don’t get waterlogged. Hope this helps.

Loraine Hart