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Name: Linda
Omaha, N.E (Zone 5b)
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freedombel
Nov 6, 2015 4:57 PM CST
Simple question here for those experienced, this was my first season with Asiatic Lilies, do I cut off the long
brown dead stalk to the base of the dirt or just leave it be? Linda H.
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Name: Jennifer
48036 MI (Zone 6b)
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jvdubb
Nov 6, 2015 5:59 PM CST
I leave mine. Later I come along and remove them when they come off easily
Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
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pirl
Nov 6, 2015 6:37 PM CST
I cut them off at ground level. Sometimes, as you touch the stem, they'll fall down so no cutting required.
Name: Bob
Vernon N.J. (Zone 6a)
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NJBob
Nov 6, 2015 7:18 PM CST
I do the same as Jennifer, when they come off with just a light tug.
Name: Arlene
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pirl
Nov 6, 2015 7:38 PM CST
Once the leaves turn yellow I remove the stem since they're in such a prominent area that's always in view.
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For Asiatics in other gardens, they remain standing until they fall.

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William
Nov 7, 2015 2:58 AM CST
Yes remove the brown stem and all the leaves. Burn, throw in the trash or bury elsewhere covered with soil. The reason that this is important is to eliminate overwintering Botrytis on the dead plant debris that could infect your lilies next spring. This is a very common disease on lilies and Asiatic lilies are particularly sensitive to it, so it's well worth removing the dead stems as a precaution, even if your lilies haven't shown any symptoms yet.
Name: Jennifer
48036 MI (Zone 6b)
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jvdubb
Nov 7, 2015 11:36 AM CST
Thank you for the reminder. I just went out with a trash bag and removed all my Asiatic lily plant matter for the winter.
Name: Linda
Omaha, N.E (Zone 5b)
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freedombel
Nov 7, 2015 6:22 PM CST
Thanks for all the replies! I appreciate every answer given here. Thank You!
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