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Lilies [Jun. 25th, 2008|07:28 am]


Hi everyone. It sure is quiet around here ... I myself am guilty of not posting anything and I should be because there has been so much going on in the garden this spring!

Today I'm here to ask a question: After your Lilies bloom (Think Stargazer, not Day-lily), is it safe to cut them back? Does the bulb feed off the greenery throughout the summer or is it okay to just cut it off? If so, how far?

I've searched all over the internet and I can't find an answer to this question. Help!

Thanks in advance :)

[User Picture]From: atlanticat
2008-06-25 01:44 pm (UTC)
I don't know about lilies specifically, but I do know it's not a good idea to cut back the foliage on most bulbs until it's died back on its own. The more time they have to photosynthesize, the bigger the bulb will get and the better the blooms for the following year (or maybe some baby bulblets). If you cut off the leaves, the bulb goes dormant and waits for next year before it does anything else. Or else it'll send up weak new shoots in an attempt to take care of the matter itself, which will make the bloom for the following year pretty poor (I've only seen this happen with grape hyacinths though).

Again, I don't know about lilies specifically, but I'd say to leave them alone until they've fallen over and died back on their own.
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[User Picture]From: lookslikelori
2008-06-25 02:13 pm (UTC)
I think that's good advice. Deep down I think I knew it but hoped I could cut them back for aesthetic reasons.

Thank you!
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