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When should you dig up lily bulbs?

Last Updated: 21st April, 2020

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Lilies produce from bulbs and need to be divided and transplanted in the fall for the best results. Experts say late September or early October is when to move lilies. Immediately start transplanting lily bulbs once they have been lifted. The best time to transplant lilies will depend on your zone.

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Keeping this in consideration, do you have to dig up lily bulbs every year?

As a tender plant, it is a good idea to dig up and store your lily bulbs to ensure year after year beauty. However, bulbs left in the ground during winter freezes may not come back in spring and can even rot. The process is simple and can save the life of a magical flowering plant that has unabashed appeal.

Similarly, how do I save lily bulbs for next year? Steps

  1. Lift your lily bulbs after the first frost.
  2. Carefully dig out your bulbs.
  3. Check your bulbs carefully for rot or any signs of disease.
  4. Put the bulbs on a tray and allow them to dry for a few days.
  5. Dust the bulbs with fungicidal powder and put them in storage.
  6. Store the bulbs in a dark, dry place.

In this way, what do you do with lily bulbs after they bloom?

Lilies do not bloom more than once per season, but you can remove the faded flowers so that the plants don't waste energy making seeds. After the lily blooms, you can also remove just the stem itself. However, do NOT remove leaves until they have died down and turned brown in fall.

How do you transplant lily bulbs?

Dividing True Lilies Slide a garden fork or spade under the bulbs and lift the entire clump free of the soil. Divide the bulbs by gently pulling them apart with your hands. Replant the bulbs in fertile, well-drained soil in a new location. Planting depth varies, depending on the size of the bulb.

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