The Q&A Archives: Transplanting Butterfly Bushes and planting Tiger Lilly seeds

Question: I live in Kansas City, MO and would like to know when my butterfly bush can be transplanted to another area of my flower garden. Also, my tiger lillies just finished blooming and produced black, round seeds located near the stalk of each leaf. Do I transplant these seeds? Also, when do I plant and how deep?

Answer: Tiger lilies (lilium lancifolium) produce bulbils at the leaf axis (along the leaves of the stem), but do not produce seeds the way that Oriental lilies do. The bulbils are clones (100% identical to the mother plant) and can be planted shallowly in loose soil (mix compost or potting soil into the top 3" of soil and plant covered with 1/2" of amended soil. Then cover with 2" layer of shredded leaves in early winter, and remove this layer in early spring. The bulbils will create flowering lilies in 2-3 years.

The best times to move your butterfly bushes are late fall or early spring. Mid-summer transplanting will really stress them out.

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