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Roselily Pamela

This question was asked by
Debra Spencer

Hello
Do have the Roselillies Pamela variety in stock ?

Hi Debra

Currently we are out of stock. We will have it online soon to pre-order for delivery in Feb next year. Alternatively, we have other white roselilies available like Aisha:

Roselily ‘Aisha’ (SKU176191)

The Hart Family

How to Grow Lilies

Oriental Trumpet Lily ‘Anastasia’
https://www.hartsnursery.co.uk/Oriental-Trumpet-Lilies/

Luscious Lilies for your garden pots or borders

Whether you’re a fan of scented or unscented; tall or short; subtle or bold colours, there’s a  lily for everyone. I often get asked how to choose a lily and I guess this is where I start…

Where are you thinking of planting your lilies?

Firstly, where would you like to grow your lilies? Pots or garden borders? If you’re planning on planting up your lily bulbs in pots for your patio (or making a pot feature around your garden), then the World is your oyster when it comes to lily choice. This is because different lilies like different soil types. Therefore, you can choose any lily and just mix up the right soil for it. This leads me to the next question…

Scented or unscented?

Do you prefer to have the gorgeous scent filling your garden in the summer months or are you just hooked on having a garden bursting with vibrant colour? These are the two clear differentiators in my mind. So, if you’re the latter then the unscented Asiatic lilies are the clear winners when it comes to bold and beautiful colour. Asiatics vary from bright yellows and oranges to the deepest dark reds as well as two-toned lilies. But if it’s the perfume you just can’t resist, then the Oriental lilies and Roselilies are your best pick. Oriental lilies come in a palette of pinks, whites and even yellows. Some are amazingly decorative too.

Tall or short?

If you’re happy to have either colour or scent, then you may want to ask yourself how tall you would you like your lilies to be? There’s short varieties (known as Pot lilies or Dwarf lilies) in both Asiatic or Oriental, and you can even produce a spectacular display of Tree-like lilies which can reach up to an impressive height of 7ft.

Do you know your soil type?

When it comes to planting your lilies in your garden borders, you will need to know which soil type you have as this will affect the growth of the lilies. The one key rule for where ever you are growing lilies is well-drained soil. They must have plenty of drainage to avoid the bulbs from rotting. Asiatic lilies prefer an alkaline soil and Orientals an acidic soil. If you are unsure of your soil type, then we would advise planting in pots or opting for any of the hybrid lilies like the Oriental trumpets (tree-like lilies), Longiflorum Asiatics or Longiflorum Orientals. All of which are equally gorgeous and happy in any well-drained soil! 

Helpful tips on growing lilies

Lily Bulbs need planting with the tip pointing upwards and the roots down.

Planting your lilies couldn’t be easier once you have chosen the right soil for the variety.

Simply plant with the growing tip pointing upwards and the roots below and cover the top of the bulb with 4-6” (10-15cm) of soil. 

If planting in pots, plant 3 bulbs in a 10-14” (25-35cm) ‘patio type’ pot. You can plant more in a larger pot or less in a smaller pot. It really depends on the display you would like to achieve. You can also stagger the planting, using different lilies to achieve different heights.

Lilies can tolerate very cold conditions but they do not like to get wet. 

Most lilies prefer to be planted in a location with at least half a day’s full sunshine, if it’s a bit too shady they will lean their stems towards the sun. Unless you have Martagon lilies, as these actually like their head in the sun but feet in the shade. 

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.

Believe it or not, lilies like a cold-dormant phase and like to be left where they are during winter, just ensure there is adequate drainage so they can’t get waterlogged. Lilies are very hardy and can tolerate up to -20°c.

Many people have lilies for a cut flower garden, if you do wish to cut lilies for indoor arrangements, then ensure to leave 50cm of stem to allow for another season of flower the following year. 

Red Scarlet lily Beetle Lilioceris lilii

To prevent Lily Beetles from damaging your lilies, we recommend using the Lily Beetle Prevention Spray or you can make up your own with the Concentrate. This Spray (Grazers G4) will also stimulate growth of your lilies.

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. 

FAQ on growing lilies

How do I plant my lily bulbs?

Lilies are very hardy bulbs. They can tolerate very cold conditions but do not like to get wet. If planting in borders the soil must be free draining and preferably humus rich. Some lilies prefer acid soil, mainly Oriental lilies, and some prefer alkaline mainly Asiatic lilies. It is best to check which soil you have. When planting in pots or tubs you must make sure that they are kept moist but do not get waterlogged. Plant bulbs with 4-6″ (10-15cm) of soil above them. If planting in pots, plant 3 in a 10-14″ (25-35cm) pot, in a good quality multi-purpose compost. John Innes No.3 is ideal for Lilies. You can find planting instructions for every variety of flowering bulbs at the bottom of every product page on our website.

Do I need to feed my lilies?

If you want to feed your lilies then a slow release fertilizer is best. Also a general tomato feed has shown to be beneficial for lily growth, use 1/2 the dilution recommended on the bottle. Or use the Lily Beetle Prevention Spray which has great results for strengthening and stimulating lily growth.

How do I get rid of the Lily Beetle?

We recommend using the Lily Beetle Prevention Spray. The key is to be vigilant and keep checking your foliage each day when you can.

Do Lilies multiply?

Lilies do multiply but if in containers will need lifting every 2 or 3 years as they will become pot bound. Lift the bulbs out of the soil and carefully pull off any attached bulblets. Replant the original bulbs. You can also plant the bulblets, but bare in mind these will take a couple of years to become established.

Are Lilies poisonous to cats?

Lily pollen is poisonous to cats but it has to be ingested. Cats are very clever animals and will very rarely eat anything they are unsure about. There are also numerous lilies now that are pollen free including our Roselilies and Double Oriental Lilies. If you’re worried then just nip the stamen out of the lily as it opens.

Do I lift my Lily bulbs over winter?

Lilies do not like to be dried out, they must be kept in soil at all times. Lilies, in fact, like a cold dormant phase and are happy to stay out in the winter. If you are worried about leaving them out in the borders over winter, lift them and store them in peat until replanting the following spring. A good tip is to tilt your pots on their sides over winter, lifting them upright again in the spring, preventing them becoming waterlogged.

Lily \’Heartstrings\’

This question was asked by
Karen Knowles

I have just received bulbs should I store them until next spring now? If so how shall I store them ?

Hi there,

No plant your lilies out straight away and they will be in flower in 8-12 weeks.

The Hart Family

Lily \’Heartstrings\’

This question was asked by
Karen Knowles

I have just received bulbs should I store them until next spring now? If so how shall I store them ?

Hi there,

No plant your lilies out straight away and they will be in flower in 8-12 weeks.

The Hart Family

When will you have most of your Lily bulb stock available?

This question was asked by
Kate Ellington

When is the best time to buy lily bulbs?
Also when will you have the greatest amount of bulbs available?

Thank you, Kate Ellington

Hi there,
Lilies are planted in the Spring usually but we keep ours in cold store so they can still be planted now (June). They will need planting as soon as they are received as they will be wanting to flower within 8 to 12 weeks. Everything will be back in stock for pre-ordering in August for delivery in February.

Everything we have available now can be located here:
Lily Bulbs

The Hart Family

RHS AGM Accredited Lilies

This question was asked by
Alex Coleman

Good morning.

Are any of your lilies “AGM”- credited or does AGM not apply to them?

Is it ok to plant different varieties in very close proximity, eg. crammed in a large pot or will this cause problems?

Thank you.

The following lilies are AGM accredited :

Lily ‘African Queen’ group (harts1021)

Lily ‘Casa Blanca’ (harts1091)

Lily ‘Golden Splendour’ (harts1022)

Lily ‘Pink Perfection’ group (harts1023)

Lily ‘Regale’ (harts1024)

Lily ‘Selene’ (harts10001)

You’ll be fine to plant different lilies together in a pot.

The Hart Family

Lily bulbs

This question was asked by
Paul Wallis

Hello thanks for your reply.
The out of stock bulbs I am interested in are:
Mumbai
Homerus
Virtuoso
Largo

Many thanks Paul.

Hi Paul

We will soon have a new website and you will soon be able to request an email notification when any thing is back in stock. Please keep checking back.

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.

LILIES

The Hart Family