How to plant nerines

Nerines or Guernsey lilies are exotic plants native to South Africa producing delicate umbels of lily-like flowers and strap-like foliage on strong, upright stems. Suited for every garden, these fantastic bulbs will bring a welcome touch of colour to the autumnal garden and will fill the air with their light, almost musky fragrance. Try planting with dark and silver-leaved ferns and grasses, asters or cyclamens. They make excellent cut flowers.

Plant in well-drained soil in full sun, preferably against a south or west-facing wall. Make sure to plant close to the surface with the top of the bulbs above the surface as nerines can fail to flower if they are planted too deep. Provide mulch in frost prone areas.

Always unpack on arrival and store in a cool place until ready to plant.

Potential problems, pests and diseases:

Nerines do not usually suffer from any serious diseases. However, they can be affected by snails and slugs that will happily eat away at the young shoots in the spring. Watch out for damage!

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