The Q&A Archives: Stargazer Lily

Question: I assume that the Star Gazer lily plants I bought and planted last year are in reality BULBS, correct??? They were plants when I bought them so I am not sure. What I want to know is, if, in fact, they are bulbs, and multiply (since I got 4-5 stalks per plant this 2nd year), is there a way to separate the bulbs to move some of them into other areas, or will I harm the plant and should just leave them alone. I have never had these beautiful flowers before and don't want to take a chance on harming them. Can I break apart the bulbs, and how do I handle replanting ... right away, or wait until Spring of the next year?? Thanks so much for your input.

Answer: Stargazer lilies are perennial bulbs, and they should multiply if they are healthy and happy. They can be divided, although it is better to wait until the clump has become crowded. In the fall, gently lift the clump and separate the bulbs (usually they nearly separate themselves as you handle them), then replant immediately. They can also be divided in early spring.

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