I bought some Gloriosa bulbs from you in the autumn. I have just discovered them in a paper bag and they look healthy with small roots sprouting. Should I plant them now in pots in the conservatory where I did well with them in other years. Dublin and mild climate but not as warm as London.
Your Gloriosa bulbs (rhizomes) can be planted now. Just be careful that it’s not too cold in the conservatory what with the cold weather we are still experiencing this Spring. If it is still quite cold in your conservatory, plant your gloriosa bulbs in a pot and let them start growing indoors and then put them in your conservatory.
Hello, could these stunning Cardiocrinum Giganteum lilies be planted in a pot and how big would this need to be. I have never seen this lily before and would like to be able to grow it but do not have a suitable spot direct into the garden.
We would recommend potting your Cardiocrinum Giganteum bulbs in a 12inch pot.
Cardiocrinum giganteum like most soil types. They prefer the soil to be moist but well drained and humus-rich. These lilies like a shady position where the direct sunlight will not burn their leaves.
I bought a couple of lily collections from you last year at the Wisley flower show – they’ve made a fantastic display in the garden this year. Thank you.
This has been my first experience with growing lilies and I am a little confused now with how far to cut them back in preparation for winter.
I have read lots of advice about pruning the seed heads and “allowing the foliage to die back naturally” but once the foliage has begun to turn brown, how much of the main stem or stalk should be cut back?
Hope you can help.
When the Lily has finished flowering, cut any seed heads back and allow the foliage to die back naturally as you say. Do not be tempted to cut the stem back until stems become hollow and brown. Once this has happened, you can cut the stem back to the service or leave about an inch of stem.