The Q&A Archives: Stargazer and Oriental Lillies

Question: I planted these bulbs this spring and most of them came up.They were getting ready to bloom when deer came and ate every last blossom.They are still green but I'm guessing there is no chance of it blooming this year.How do I care for the plant now? Is there anything I need to cut back? I know with proper care these should look great if deer don't eat them again.

Answer: I'm sorry about your lilies! You are right, once the buds are gone they will won't bloom this year. In my garden, lilies are deer candy. (The rabbits also like to munch on them in the early spring when they are only a few inches tall.) Lilies are very low maintenance plants. The foliage needs to grow to rebuild the bulb, so leave it alone until frost kills the foliage in the fall. Then cut it off short at the ground. Next year you may want to try to exclude the deer from your garden if you can -- they like lots of plants in addition to lilies. Good luck!

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