The Q&A Archives: Lily Care

Question: Have have some lilies I purchased from Breck's last year. I have about 15 lilies that have bloomed. I would like to know if I should prune them back in order to direct more of the plants energy back to the bulb.

Answer: After your lilies have bloomed, you can cut the flower stalk back. Leave the foliage until it dies back naturally. Then you can cut it off. The leaves manufacture food for the bulb, where the energy is stored for next year's bloom. If you cut the leaves back too soon, the plant won't have sufficient stored energy to produce a bloom next year.

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