Lilies forum: Daylily trees

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Vanityflsyahoocom
May 9, 2016 8:09 PM CST
Hi everyone , I am new to Te site and this is my first post ! What or how do I keep tall Lillie's from bending over or reaching for the sun ? Thanks so much! Happy planting ! Grumbling
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pardalinum
May 10, 2016 9:40 AM CST

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Hi Vanity and welcome to this forum and site!

I believe the lilies you are referring to are the Orienpet lilies, sometimes called "Tree Lilies" by some vendors. Are they shaded on one side and leaning toward the light? I have used inverted tomato cages on some of mine (I know, somewhat unsightly).

The best fix is to plant them in a spot where they get plenty of sun, then they grow straight up. You would need to wait till fall to move them.
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William
May 10, 2016 2:06 PM CST
Welcome! Vanity
Being in the forest I have my share of lilies reaching for the sun as well. I have noticed a lot of difference between cultivars and some are very well behaved, growing straight up, while others need staking from an early age. Yes, more sun will help, specifically it's better with sun from all angles, not just one direction, so plant away from trees or solid fences and so on (if you have the option.) Also more space between the bulbs will help, don't crowd them.

If you at planting time put down a small stake close to the bulb, it can be replaced with a big later on, without fear of spearing the bulb Smiling .

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