There is no finer perfume than the smooth, cool fragrance of Lily-of-the-Valley, but this handsome little plant, a staple of the shade garden, is seldom grown indoors. Our extra-large pips are prepared for forcing and will bloom about three weeks after planting, transforming any room with their sweet scent. After bloom, they may be grown on and transplanted to the garden in late spring. We cold-treat pips to insure they will bloom for you. 12 pips. Pot not included.
For more information about forcing Convallaria, click on Growing Guide.
HOW PLANTS ARE SHIPPED
The size of the plants we ship has been selected to reduce the shock of transplanting. For some, this means a large, bareroot crown. Others cannot travel bareroot or transplant best if grown in containers. We ship these perennials and annuals in 1 pint pots, except as noted. We must point out that many perennials will not bloom the first year after planting, but will the following year, amply rewarding your patience. We ship bulbs as dormant, bare bulbs, sometimes with some wood shavings or moss. Shrubs, Roses, vines, and other woody plants may be shipped bareroot or in pots. The size of the pot is noted in the quick facts for each item.
WHEN WE SHIP
We ship our bulbs and plants at the right time for planting in your area, except as noted, with orders dispatched on a first-come, first-served basis by climate zone. Estimated dates for shipping are indicated in the Shipping Details box for each item. Please refer to the Shipping Details box to determine the earliest shipping time. Unless you specify otherwise, fertilizers, tools, and other non-plant items are shipped with your plants or bulbs. Please supply a street address for delivery. Kindly contact us with two weeks notice, if you'll be away at expected time of delivery.
We guarantee to ship plants that are in prime condition for growing. If your order is damaged or fails to meet your expectations, we will cheerfully replace or refund it. Please contact our Customer Service Department at 1-800-503-9624 or email us at [email protected]. Please include your order number or customer number when contacting us.
The Lily-of-the-Valley (Convallaria majalis) we offer for forcing are dormant plants with "pips" that have already been specially prepared to bloom indoors. Remove and discard the packing material before potting.
To pot the pips, first moisten the potting mix we supply. Place it in a plastic tub and slowly add warm water, stirring with your hand until the mix is moist but not soggy. Put a layer of moistened potting mix in a terra cotta pot (supplied with some kits). Then set the pips on top of the mix, spacing them evenly in the container. (If the roots are longer than the container is deep, lay them horizontally or trim them slightly—making them no shorter than 4 inches.) Cover the roots with additional mix until just the tips of the pips show. Firm the potting mix gently and water thoroughly.
After potting, place the container in a bright location at room temperature. Keep the potting mix evenly moist but not soaking wet. If you use a container without a drainage hole, water sparingly, as you can easily overwater. Flowers will open in 3–4 weeks depending on the temperature in your house. After bloom, remove the flower stems and continue watering the plants as before. When the danger of frost has passed in spring, set them in the garden in a shaded or partially shaded location where the soil is rich and moist. Your plants will settle in readily but will take a year or two to bloom again. We do not recommend forcing the pips for a second year.