The Q&A Archives: Deadheading Tiger Lilies

Question: I was giving about 30lbs of a variety of Tiger lily bulbs and have planted them in my garden. With my moderate weather and warm Indian Summer I am hoping to have blooms in the fall. Am I expecting too much? I did lots of reading and followed all instuctions on planting. While the stalks have not yet bloomed I should have flowers in the next week or so. Everything looks good. What I would like to know is there anything I can do to encourage a longer blooming season. Should I deadhead? Where do I make the cut, on the stalk or at the base of the flower. What do you recommend in feeding them?

Thank you,

Paisley Laymon

Answer: Tiger lilies (Lilium lancifolium) will grow to 4' or taller, producing orange flowers spotted with black. They bloom in the summer. When the flowers fade, cut the blooming stalk all the way down to the ground. In your mild climate the lilies may bloom again later in the summer. You can feed lightly now and again in mid-summer, using a 5-10-10 processed fertilizer, or you can mulch the bed with aged-compost which will deliver small doses of nutrients as the compost decomposes throughout the summer.

Enjoy your flowers!

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