Calla lilies

This question was asked by
Linda S

My calla lilies bought from you have been fantastic this year. They are planted in garden but can I leave them there to bloom again next year? Do I cut stems to ground when needed?

Hi there,

You can find all planting and care instructions for your Calla lilies here:

How to plant and care for Calla Lilies

Calla Lily – Zantedeschia

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Lily bulb storage/over wintering

This question was asked by
Noel W – 

Hi all, hope everyone is well there, for many years i have always left my potted lilies, the ones I use for cutting, to just die down naturally in the pots under cover in the barn having fed them virtually up to the leaves browning, i lost a lot of bulbs to the wet winters we get here in Ireland a few years back hence the barn storage, the question, is there a better way to overwinter them to get better bulbs in spring, for example remove from pots and dry store them, or would that affect the bulblets and when should the mother bulb be discarded or does it not matter, regards Noel.

Hi Noel

We advise leaving the bulbs in soil over winter. They like a cold dormant phase, so your barn sounds perfect. Give them a fresh top layer of compost each year. After 3 years you will need to divide your bulbs and break off the bulblets and replant them all.

You will notice the mother bulb will get weaker over time, you will then need to replace them.

Lilies after flowering

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Planting

This question was asked by
Jane Spree – 

I have had a variety of your fabulous lilies for a couple of years in pots – I want to move them onto new soil and pots. Today I removed them from the original pots and want some guidance on what to do next please? Storage? When should I replant ? Type of compost etc etc?

They need keeping in soil at all times so plant them back up as soon as possible giving them some fresh compost. A good-quality, multi-purpose compost mixed with John Innes No. 3 (50/50) is a good mix for all lilies. You can add some horticultural grit as well for good drainage.

Your lilies will be happy to stay outside during the winter, they just don’t let to get waterlogged as they will rot.

Lilies

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Thanks!

This question was asked by
Candace W – 

Hi
I just wanted to get in touch to say how much my family and I have enjoyed the fabulous scents in our garden this summer after planting about 30 mixed lily bulbs bought from you for a new border we created. It has been glorious and although only one lily is still in flower, we are hoping for another wonderful display next year.
Many thanks indeed!

Hi Candace

Thank you so much for taking the time to email us and letting us know of your pleasure with your lilies. We are so pleased to hear it!

Lily wall

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Lily x Rose

This question was asked by
Marlyn P – 

I am looking for the lily combined with a rose. My sister in law showed me a photograph, it was beautiful. I have tried finding it on your website,no luck. Lililium and lily come up. I hope I will be able to make a purchase of it.
Regards Marlyn.

You can find all the Roselilies here:

Roselilies

Roselily Natalia
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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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Aftercare of lilies

This question was asked by
Florence L

The lilies I purchased from you late last year for planting this year have been outstanding. They grew exceptionally tall and healthy, had an abundance of blooms, and the scent was quite fantastic. They were without doubt a very great success.
As they’ve now finished flowering and the leaves beginning to turn brown, I’d be most grateful if you could advise me how best to preserve the bulbs for next year. Can I leave them all in the pots they grew in? Do I need to feed them in the winter?
I look forward to hearing from you when convenient.
Mrs F. Lloyd

That’s great to hear!
When the Lily has 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 stems becomes hollow and brown. You can leave your bulbs where they are over winter – they do not need to be lifted. Just ensure they do not get waterlogged. You can even put your pots on their side to prevent this.

You can feed your lilies with a Tomato Feed to stimulate and strengthen your lilies when you start to see signs of growth again next spring. Make up your tomato feed with half the recommended dilution (written on the instructions on the bottle) and feed once every 3 weeks.

LILIES

 

Lilies

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Overwintering Lilies

This question was asked by
Melvyn

We were given 5 rose lily bulbs from your nursery earlier this year. We grew them in two 14” pots.They have now flowered and the leaves are beginning to go brown. What should we do if we want them to survive the winter and flower again next year?

How to care for Oriental Lilies
Lilies can tolerate very cold conditions but they do not like to get wet.
Lily bulbs do not like to be dried out so they must be kept in soil at all times.
If planting in pots, it may be an idea to tilt the pots on their side in the winter to prevent waterlog.
When the Lily has 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 stems becomes hollow and brown.
Lilies like a cold dormant phase throughout the winter so they don’t need lifting. However, do ensure they have adequate drainage and do not get waterlogged as this will cause the bulbs to rot.
You can feed your lilies with a Tomato Feed to stimulate and strengthen your lilies when you start to see signs of growth. Make up your tomato feed with half the recommended dilution (written on the instructions on the bottle) and feed once every 3 weeks.

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