Begonia corms

This question was asked by
michael Cohn

I bought a wonderful selection from you last year, took them up in the autumn, dried them in a dry dark place and I now see that they are producing pale pink shoots.
I have 2 questions:
1. Should I now put them into compost and keep them in the garage for the moment, and when can they be planted in the ground or what?
2. I bought a mixture of climbing and ordinary ones but unfortunately I did not mark which is which – is there any way to distinguish now?
Thanks in advance

  1. Yes you can plant up your begonias now just keep them frost free before moving them outside.
  2. Unfortunately, there is no way to distinguish between the corms now I’m afraid. All the Begonia corms will look very alike.

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Cardiocrinum Giganteum

This question was asked by
Hilary A

My cardiocrinum arrived this morning.
I live in Lancashire where we are still having quite sharp frosts. I’ve read the planting instructions but am wondering if I should pot it into a pot of JI No 3 and put in my cold grow house for a month or so. We get a lot of rain where I am so I am concerned that the rain and frost combo will kill it.
Many thanks

Hi Hilary

Yes you can plant them in a pot and then move them into a shaded area. Cardiocrinum giganteum like most soil types, a JI No.3 is fine. They prefer the soil to be moist but well drained.
These lilies like a shady position where the direct sunlight will not burn their leaves.
Plant the bulbs with the tip just at the surface so you can see the bulb.

More information can be found on the product page here:

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Delivery to Northern Ireland

This question was asked by
Pauline – 

Do you post bulbs to northern ireland?

Unfortunately, we do not at the moment due to the new Brexit regulations. Hopefully they will change the rules on importing and exporting soon and we can start sending to the Northern Ireland again.

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Potting up Nerines

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I’d like to order some Nerine but would like the know how to pot them up.

If you are planning to plant in pots, plant your bulbs using a mixture of 50% multipurpose compost and 50% loam-based compost such as John Innes No.2. As with planting in the garden, plant the bulbs with their necks above the soil surface.

Nerines do not like to be disturbed so establish a decent position from the off and avoid moving them.
Protect in very cold areas with a mulch over winter.
Don’t worry if the flowering is not brilliant the first year, its just establishing itself. Be patient and you will see results in 12-18months.
Do not divide Nerine bulbs as they prefer to become quite congested and grow in clumps.

Alternatively, we have planting and care instructions on each nerine product page Nerines
You should find some helpful information on potting up Nerines on the link below.

How to plant and grow Nerines

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Transplanting lilies

This question was asked by
John R – 

I have had some lilies in a pot for several years doing very well but ready for transplanting. What exactly do I go about it do not want to lose them?

You can transplant your lilies now – try not to damage any shoots. Carefully dig the bulbs up and replant them in your desired spot. Ensuring the soil has plenty of drainage. If you are planting your lilies from pots to the garden, ensure you have the correct soil for the lily type. As a general rule, oriental lilies like an acidic soil and asiatic lilies prefer an alkaline soil. If you have any of the hybrid lilies including the tree lilies – they are happy in any soil type. If the bulbs have any baby bulblets, you can divide them and replant them also. The baby bulblets may not produce much for a for the first few years but they will mature over time.
You can give your lilies a boost by giving them a diluted tomato feed.

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Lily beetles

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How can i stop them annihilating all of my lillies.
I’ve put the plants in the greenhouse and they still manage to get at them
What can I do?

Hi Elizabeth

We have a few options to try with eradicating the Lily Beetle. You can try using the Lily Beetle Prevention Spray (SKU17972) or make up your own with the Lily Beetle Prevention Concentrate (SKU179721). Or you could try making your own Garlic Solution to spray on with garlic and water.

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Transplanting lily bulbs from pot to the garden

This question was asked by
Graham B

The area that i want to plant them is not ready yet. Some of the bulbs are shooting, can i plant them in 3-4 ltr pots now in a cold greenhouse, and when I’m ready carefully transplant them outside probably next month at the earliest. By the way arrived in perfect condition & well packed 10 out of 10.
Await your reply cheers Graham

Hi Graham
Thank you for your email – it’s great to hear your feedback.
Yes it will be absolutely fine to transfer your bulbs from a pot to the garden in a month’s time – just be careful not to damage the shoots when you transplant them.

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Posting of bulbs

This question was asked by
Theresa isaac

Can you let me know if you do postal delivery of bulbs please

Yes our mail order for bulbs is sent via Royal Mail on a 48hour tracked delivery service.

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