Re: Deadheading asiatic lilies

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Posted by Newt on July 07, 2003 at 10:17:33:

In Reply to: Re: Deadheading asiatic lilies posted by Amber on July 07, 2003 at 09:07:26:

: : : Help! I'm new to perennials. How should I dead-head my lilies? All the blooms have fallen off, so should I pull the stamen out and leave it at that, or should I pull off the whole end that the stamen is attached to? I haven't touched anything yet for fear that I will pull off too much. Any suggestions are appreciated. Thanks!

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: : Hi Sheila,
: : Just pop off the whole end that the flower was attached to the main stem with and all will be fine. :)
: : Newt

: I am also very new to perennials and have the exact same questions as Shelia. However, could you possibly clarify what you mean by "pop off the whole end"?
: Amber

Hi Amber,
There is the spent flower and then there is a short stem that attaches it to the main stem. I 'pinch' off (using my thumb nail) the spent flower and the short stem attached to the main stem. You can also use a pair of scissors or pruners. In this picture you can see the stem that is just behind the flower and attached to the main stem. You can either just remove the flower or the short stem that attaches it to the main stem.

http://fogbeltgrowers.com/fog.marakech003.jpg

If this still isn't clear, just let me know.
Newt


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