Aftercare for lilies

This question was asked by
Jill merton

Am absolutely delighted with the lilies I bought from you in the early summer. They are now coming to the end of flowering. What is the best way to keep them healthy until next year? They are in pots and I do not have any glass. Do I cut them down and if so how far? I have deadheaded them. Thank you.

Hi Jill

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 become hollow and brown. Ensure to leave at least 2′ of stem.
You do not need to lift your bulbs, they like a cold dormant phase throughout winter. Just ensure they do not get waterlogged as this will cause them to rot.

The Hart Family

Replacing Lilies after a few years

This question was asked by
H. Harris

Hi I have bought umpteen lily bulbs from you over the years some I grow in pots when they need ericaceous soil some in the ground. I have noticed I have less bulbs growing than I had and I am wondering do lilies have a life span and thus I need to buy more bulbs to get the types back that are now missing?

Hi there,

Yes Lilies can need replacing after a few years. You may notice you need to break off any baby bulblets and replant these also as these can sap the energy form the adult bulbs. It always good to give them some fresh compost each as well.


The Hart Family


This question was asked by
Kath salt

Hi I would like to purchase some Lilly’s and happy to pay on line but we only live in mow cop would it be possible to collect bro save the postage ie outside your gate at an agreed time?
Regards Kath

Yes – this is no problem at all. Please let me know what you would like to order and I can arrange that for you.

The Hart Family

Lily bulbs

This question was asked by
K. Perscha

I‘m living in Austria and I‘d love to order some of your lilie bulbs. Is it still possible to plant them and have them bloom in Summer?
Thank you, take care, Katrin

Yes you can plant your lilies now and they will still flower this year.

The Hart Family

Tree Lily's

This question was asked by
Jerry Kiersey

Hello, about five years ago I put five tree lily’s in a large pot.
They have done very well but now the pot has perhaps a dozen or more due to offshoots. When/how do I divide or should I at all?
Regards, Jerry.

Hi Jerry

Sorry for the delay in replying – we have been so busy. It seems everyone is now gardening in these difficult times.

I would wait for your lilies to flower and die back this year, by late autumn I would then lift your bulbs, divide them and replant them .

Kind regards

The Hart Family

Lilies for flowering this year

This question was asked by
A. Wood

Is it too late to plant lily bulbs ?

No it’s not too late for planting lilies and they will still flower this year for you. Usually within 12 weeks of planting. But it depends on the variety, some will flower sooner.

The Hart Family

Lily Bulbs over winter

This question was asked by
L. Boughen

hi can lily bulbs be left in the ground or do they have to be lifted and replanted , live in scotland

Lilies like a cold dormant phase throughout winter so they can be left in the ground as long as they are in a free draining location.

The Hart Family

Any Chelsea/ Tatton shows lilies bulbs for sale?

This question was asked by
T. Castellazzi

Hi there! I’m one of your biggest fan and come to visit you every year to treat myself to more lily bulbs. You have the best selection and I’m looking forward to come n visit you when this situation is finally over!
Meanwhile, I was wondering if you are selling Any of your show bulbs.
Many thanks for your answer.
Keep safe!
Kindest regards

HI Tiziana

Thank you for getting in touch. Yes all our lily bulbs are available to purchase on our website. Have a look here:


I’m sure you will find something to take your fancy this year.

The Hart Family