Can I cut my lilies for indoor display?

This question was asked by
Karen –

Hi, I have Roselily Aisha and Roselily Angela and they are nice and tall with plenty of buds on them. I had them last year having purchased them at Chelsea and they were stunning.
I would like to know can I cut them for display indoors and still expect the bulb to do anything again next year?
Also one of the pots is losing brownish leaves, is it too much water?

Many thanks

Hi there,

Yes the browning could be due to the environment around it, i.e too much water, too hot etc.

Yes, you can cut your lilies for indoor display. However, I would advise leaving as much stem on the bulb as possible so it feeds the bulb for the following year. I would say leave at least 50cm of stem to die back naturally. It may not flower as well the following year though.

More information on lily care can be found here.


Roselily Anouska

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Soil type for oriental lilies

This question was asked by
Sonia – 

I purchased bulbs at Hampton court, please confirm soil type for pots;
Anouska, Angela, Zelmira, Irvana and Aisha ?

Hi there,

All those lilies will be happy in a good multipurpose compost. For best results, you could mix it with 50:50 Multipurpose and John Innes No3.

Roselily Angela

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Scented Lilies

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I like to know what most scented lilies you have in stock pack of 10-15.

Hi Anthony

Our lilies will be available to pre-order very soon. Please keep checking back on our website and/or click on one of the links to be notified when something is back in stock. As a general rule of thumb, the whiter the variety of lily the stronger the scent – this is with anything mixed with an oriental lily though. Asiatic lilies do not carry a scent as they attract the insects by their bright colours.

Have you seen:

Roselily ‘Aisha’ (SKU176191)

Lily ‘Zambesi’ (SKU17616)

Lily ‘Nymph’ (harts1027)

These lilies all carry a fantastic fragrance.

Nymph Lily

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Scented lilies

This question was asked by
J. Saunders

How do I choose the lilies that are scented?

Any Oriental Lily has a fragrance, so look at Orientals, Oriental Trumpets Lilies (these are the tree-like lilies) and Roselilies. All these have wonderful perfumes. We find the whiter the lily the more fragrant it is.

Oriental Lily Bulb Collection (Pack of 12 Bulbs) (harts1153)

Roselily ‘Aisha’ (SKU176191)

Lily ‘Proposal’ (SKU176161)

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I am looking to buy rose lilly bulbs to be planted in pots

This question was asked by
Valerie Bridgeman

I do not want tree lillies. Can you recommend a small white rose lily suitable for a small garden.

Yes – all our white roselilies or double oriental lilies are stunning and shorter in height so they are ideal for pots or direct into your garden borders.

I have suggested a few gorgeous varieties below for you:

Roselily ‘Aisha’

‘My Wedding’

Roselily ‘Natalia’

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Feeding Roselilies

This question was asked by
Roger Owen

I have been growing your Roselilies for several years with much pleasure and great success!. They are in large containers which are overwintered in a frost-free greenhouse.
Could you tell me the best way of feeding these container grown plants.
Many thanks

Your lilies are quite happy to have a cold dormant phase and can withstand -25 degree temperatures. Lily bulbs just don’t like to get too wet.
You can feed your lilies with a tomato feed, I’d suggest using it at 1/4 strength so dilute some with water. Once you see signs of growth, you spray the tomato feed every other week.
Thanks for your email.

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