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Removing Lily Pollen Stains

By pardalinum
July 14, 2013

It's bound to happen. We are out in the garden enjoying our flowers, perhaps leaning in a bit to sniff the lilies or scrunching in closer for that perfect photograph. Later we find smears of lily pollen on our clothing.

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Claudia
Jul 13, 2013 6:23 PM CST
I was out cutting lilies today and ended up covered in pollen. I was cutting my Anastasia lilies and they are so tall that I was having a hard time keeping them off of me!
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plantladylin
Jul 13, 2013 7:20 PM CST
Connie: Wow, this is a great tip ... I never knew that Lily pollen would stain fabric!! Thanks so much for sharing this information. Thumbs up Thumbs up
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greene
Jul 13, 2013 8:39 PM CST
As a former floral designer I can tell you that we removed every blasted one of those anthers as soon as the flowers were delivered!
And 'Thumbs Up' to you because I never knew the sun would help remove the stains from fabric...wonder if our local dry cleaner knows this trick?
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goldfinch4
Jul 14, 2013 7:47 AM CST
I already knew about sunlight removing stains, but the tape trick is new to me. Thanks. Anyone who grows lilies will certainly appreciate this information. Thumbs up
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gingin
Jul 14, 2013 12:32 PM CST
Great tip Thumbs up gotta say though that my nose is usually what gets covered in pollen no matter what I sniff Hilarious!
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Bonehead
Jul 14, 2013 1:59 PM CST
Good to know. I can't really abide the smell of lilies in the house, and this reinforces my notion to just leave them in the yard.
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critterologist
Jul 15, 2013 8:13 AM CST
Great tips! My daughter came in the house the other day with her nose (well half her face, really) bright yellow from lily pollen, and it didn't quite wear off in the tub!
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Claudia
Jul 15, 2013 9:50 AM CST
Bonehead said:Good to know. I can't really abide the smell of lilies in the house, and this reinforces my notion to just leave them in the yard.


I did bring in some White Henry's but by evening the scent was getting overbearing. So I moved the vase outside to the front porch and have kept it filled since with various lilies as they have bloomed. I sat the vase inside a larger flower pot so it would not tip over. A couple of days it was cool enough to open the windows and the scent of the lilies did come in but was not overbearing! Thumbs up
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pardalinum
Jul 15, 2013 9:57 AM CST
I don't bring lilies in either, unless they are Asiatics. They have little or no fragrance. Mostly though I enjoy my lilies in the garden. Lovey dubby

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