Planting calla lillies

This question was asked by
Marion T

I live outside of Eugene, Oregon. Can I leave my calla lillies in the ground year round?

I’m not sure of your climate but I would lift your bulbs to be safe. 

Here are our tips for Calla Lily Aftercare:

How to care for Callas

  • In most areas, the foliage will be hit by frost and slightly blackened. This should be cut away.
  • Lift Rhizomes before the first frosts and store them over winter before replanting them next Spring (after the risk of frost has passed).
  • Store Rhizomes in trays of compost in a cool, dark, frost-free location, e.g a garage, shed, warm greenhouse or conservatory.
  • Do not over water.

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when to plant lily bulbs

This question was asked by
Helen W –


Can I clarify if its too late to plant lily bulbs to flower for this year ?

Hi there, 

No it’s not too late if you are looking to purchase your lily bulbs from us now. We keep our lily bulbs in a controlled environment so they can still be planted now and will flower this summer.

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New to Dahlias

This question was asked by
Simon –

Hi, I have a raised bed 7′ x 4′ and would like to use it to grow dahlia for cut flowers.

The soil is sandy and has been dug over and weeded.

How would you advise if plant it… many tubers in this space please.

Any recommendations for a newbie.

Many thanks

Simon Town


Dahlias have specific spacing needs for optimal growth. Typically, most Dahlias require a space of about one square foot per tuber. This is to ensure that they have enough room to grow without competing with each other for resources. However, the Dinner Plate Dahlias, which are among the largest varieties, need a bit more space. They should ideally be spaced 12-18 inches apart. This additional space allows for their extensive foliage and large flowers to flourish. On the other hand, the more compact Dahlia varieties can share space comfortably. Multiple tubers can be planted together in each square foot, as these types don’t require as much room to grow.


Growing dahlias

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Just received my order of bulbs today

This question was asked by
Sue P –

Many thanks fabulous quality I’m thrilled with them and so big too will certainly be shopping with you again 👍

Ahh thank you so much for your lovely feedback.

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How to store lily bulbs if I can’t plant them straight away

This question was asked by
Georgina – 

My lily bulbs have arrived today. I can’t plant for few days. What do I do with them please? Do I take them out of the plastic bags?

Yes, you can remove your lily bulbs from their packaging and keep them somewhere cool and dark until you are ready to plant them. Even the fridge will be fine. I would advise planting them within the next week or so of receiving your bulbs as they are keen to get growing.

Storing Lily Bulbs

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Roselily Monica, Lily empress and Lily Amistad

This question was asked by
Lyn D – 

Hello, I purchased the above 3 from you this year. Planting says they prefer ericaceous soil but it also says if planting for pots use John Innes No.3 . Is that ok as not ericaceous?
Regards, Lyn

Hi Lyn

Yes that’s correct, Roselilies are oriental lilies so they prefer an acidic soil if planting out in the garden. If planting in pots, you can use an ericaceous compost.

However, we advise using a 50:50 mix of John Innes no.3 with a multipurpose compost for all lily types including orientals. So either will be absolutely fine for your oriental lilies.

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Dahlia advice

This question was asked by
John H – 

When buying Dahlias from you the alternatives are 1 tuber, 3 tubers etc.
how many do I need for each of 2 very large pots/planters?
For example “Bishop of Llandaff”

Thank you.

Dahlias do get quite big and if you pinch them out they spread out quite a bit too. I would advise planting 1 x dahlia tuber in a container that is at least 12” deep and 16” wide. The bigger the pot, the better. Each dahlia tuber needs 12” x 12” x 12” of space to grow well. Don’t plant too many dahlia tubers in one pot.

Bishop of Llandaff

Bishop of Llandaff

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Alium ambassador

This question was asked by
Barbara L

The tips of my leaves look as if they are dying, solution please?

Hi Barbara

Yes this is normal, Allium leaves will start to die back before the allium flowers. You can snip off the unsightly ends of the leaves if you would prefer, it won’t harm the allium’s performance.

See video here.

Allium rosy Dream
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