Re: Asiatic lilies

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Posted by Newt on July 21, 2003 at 20:47:30:

In Reply to: Asiatic lilies posted by Roxanne on July 17, 2003 at 13:46:06:

: I have four types of asiatic lilies in my garden - they are absolutely beautiful! I have a question though - when the blooms die, something that looks like a seed pod (similar to iris) is left at the end of the stalks. Can I clip that off when I'm dead-heading or will it ruin the plants. I haven't done any dead-heading of these lilies and they have multiplied (blooms) every year I've had them. Also, the first one I planted has two small lily stalks coming up next to it. Neither one produced any blooms but will they and should I leave those in the ground? Do the stalks multiply as well as the number of blooms per stalk? Thanks .........

Hi Roxanne,
I'll try to answer all your questions.

"...when the blooms die, something that looks like a seed pod (similar to iris) is left at the end of the stalks. Can I clip that off when I'm dead-heading or will it ruin the plants."

Yes, those are seed pods and you can either let them mature and turn brown or you can remove them. If the plant makes seeds, the bulb gets weaker. If you remove them, the bulb will still give off bulbets and grow new plants for you. If you plant the seeds, it could take 3 to 7 years before you get blooms.

"Also, the first one I planted has two small lily stalks coming up next to it. Neither one produced any blooms but will they and should I leave those in the ground?"

Those are the new bulbettes. It will take time for them to mature enough for them to bloom. You may want to dig the bulbs up after the first hard frost, or once the stems turn brown, and divide them. You might want to wait another year or two to do this.


"Do the stalks multiply as well as the number of blooms per stalk?"

The bulbs will multiply and give you more stalks, but just one stalk to a bulb as far as I know. You should find this site informative.
http://www.flowermonthclub.com/newsletters/vol2no8.htm

Regards,
Newt



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