Questions About My Lily Bulbs

There are more than110 species of lily, all grown from bulbs. They are very showy plants, with bell or trumpet-shaped flowers in all manner of color and configuration. They grow in almost every climactic region, and are a choice plant for decorative cultivation. The care needs of lilies differ depending on the exact species. This can then make their cultivation confusing at times and will no doubt bring about some questions.

When Should I Dig Up and Divide My Lily Bulbs?

You can leave lily bulbs in the ground, undisturbed, for up to five years. The bulb itself can swell up to the size of a volleyball. You ensure that the subsequent lilies that come from this bulb will produce healthy shoots and large flowers. But because the bulb is so large, it will put out multiple stems, but each will be shorter. Dig up and divide your lily bulb early in the spring when the bulb has a clear separation down one or both sides, or the stems appear to be crowding one another.

How Much Should I Take For Cuttings?

Whenever you take cuttings for propagation, you stress the lily. A cutting will only grow if it includes a significant portion of the stem. In the case of lilies that are not ready to divide, the lily will produce only one stem. Never take more than half the stem. Ideally, the stem should be at least 4 feet high. This way, the original lily does not suffer from lack of leaves.

Can I Move My Lilies While They Are In Bloom?

You can move lilies while the are in bloom, but only if it absolutely necessary. Ideally, move them in fall when the bulb has finished growing. This is because lily bulbs react badly when their roots are exposed to the air, almost as if they're aware of it. When you move the lily, dig around the entire rootball so there is sufficient soil to keep the roots covered. Also, the rootball should not be saturated when moved. Many people do this because they think it will help combat the shock of transplanting. With lily bulbs this is a mistake and will cause the blooms to fall off and the foliage to yellow.

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