Lilies forum: The Joys of Dividing Lilies

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Name: Susan
Southeast NE (Zone 5b)
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stilldew
Sep 28, 2015 9:15 PM CST
This may look like a big ball of roots to you, but I know there were 6 lily stems attached to it before they broke off. Can I just say digging lily bulbs in my heavy muddy soil is so much fun.
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Name: Susan
Southeast NE (Zone 5b)
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stilldew
Sep 28, 2015 9:16 PM CST
See! After a little digging away at the mud with my bare hands, I see bulb #1!
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Name: Susan
Southeast NE (Zone 5b)
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stilldew
Sep 28, 2015 9:17 PM CST
Now there are 2.
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Name: Susan
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stilldew
Sep 28, 2015 9:18 PM CST
Finally I see 6.
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Name: Susan
Southeast NE (Zone 5b)
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stilldew
Sep 28, 2015 9:20 PM CST
Lots of gentle hand digging and washing off with a hose and they are drying in the driveway.

Welcome to the world of NE soil.
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Name: Connie
Willamette Valley OR (Zone 8a)
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pardalinum
Sep 28, 2015 9:31 PM CST

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They look nice and healthy! Hurray! I'm working on the same chore, except with our drought the soil is pretty dry. I wet it down before I came in this evening to make digging easier tomorrow.
Name: della
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dellac
Sep 28, 2015 9:47 PM CST
Beautiful bulbs - a well-earned sight!
Name: Susan
Southeast NE (Zone 5b)
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stilldew
Sep 29, 2015 12:25 AM CST
This had been the wettest year here that I can ever remember. So far all the bulbs I've dug up look healthy. It's interesting to see how some divide into many large bulbs like this one and other make multiple smaller bulbs. Latvia still has to be the bulb that multiplies the fastest for me. If anyone gets some of the free ones I'm sending out I would suggest dividng at least every 3 years and maybe every other. I big bulb turns into 50 medium to small bulbs really fast. Forever Susan is another olne I have a hard time keeping up with.

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patweppler
Oct 3, 2015 3:39 PM CST
Interesting..........how do you split a trumpet bulb?? I know I have some that are ready......to be split for sure...........the size of a small baseball some of them. the lily place I got them from said they are best to split on their own......
any thoughts on this??

Name: Connie
Willamette Valley OR (Zone 8a)
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pardalinum
Oct 3, 2015 4:02 PM CST

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I agree with the lily place. They will put up more than one stalk when they are ready to be split. It will be easy to tell where they split when you dig them up. A gentle twist will usually separate the bulbs when they are ready. Keep your knife in the kitchen!
Name: Susan
Southeast NE (Zone 5b)
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stilldew
Oct 4, 2015 5:50 AM CST
This clump started as one bulb. I could easily tell by the fact that it has 6 blooming stems this summer that it was well past time to divide. These came part easily by just gently twisting and pulling them apart. I like to separate when there are 3-4 stems but don't really have a fixed rule of when to do it. They just get to looking crowded when they bloom about that time.
Name: Tracey
Wisconsin (Zone 5a)
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magnolialover
Oct 4, 2015 2:53 PM CST

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The only thing better than digging one bulb, is digging 6 (in your case). They look happy for sure. And are sizing up nice.
Tracey

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