Lilies forum: Staking lilies

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Silver Spring, MD (Zone 7a)
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ssgardener
May 22, 2016 10:33 AM CST
I've never had to stake my lilies before, but this year, excessive rain and overcast weather has resulted in all of my lilies in part shade leaning over, some more dramatically than others.

How do you stake your lilies?
Name: Dave
Southern wisconsin (Zone 5b)
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Nhra_20
May 22, 2016 10:53 AM CST
I think most people use long pieces of rebar and use a tie for plants tired to rebar. Some people use tomato cages too

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patweppler
May 22, 2016 12:00 PM CST
I bought some bamboo pieces to tie them up but if they are in the part sun they may be reaching for the sun...... I would be careful how you tie them up so you do not loose the heads on the lilies for flowers...... some of mine bend a bit and then straighten out a bit better as the summer and heat progresses....
Name: Wes
Ohio (Zone 6a)
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Wes
May 22, 2016 12:21 PM CST
I think the cheap bamboo stakes would be fine for stand alone Oriental types? I've got a large clump of Asiatic Tiger Play that goes about 4', rebar is definitely the solution for it. It does well on it's own but a heavy rain when it's in bloom and it's all over the place.

Glad you posted, I've got rebar, twine, and green spray paint...

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Name: Connie
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May 22, 2016 12:42 PM CST

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If the whole stem is leaning I would be careful and even avoid pulling the stem back to a stake. They can easily break off at the bulb. For those types I scrounge around for my plastic lawn chairs and let them lean on the back of the chair for the season. I usually have to use horticultural tape to keep them from sliding off the back of the chair. Put a pot of flowers on the chair seat to hold the chair in place.

If you have a kazilion lilies like this then it is obviously impractical.
Name: Dave
Southern wisconsin (Zone 5b)
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Nhra_20
May 22, 2016 1:08 PM CST
I'd be careful using twine.it could tear the stalk
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Silver Spring, MD (Zone 7a)
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ssgardener
May 22, 2016 1:45 PM CST
Thank you all for your ideas!

I'm thinking about using thick, flexible garden wire to tie the lilies to the stake. Some of them are supposed to get very tall, so I might have to do it in stages.
Name: Dave
Southern wisconsin (Zone 5b)
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Nhra_20
May 22, 2016 2:10 PM CST
Some suggest when you plant your bulbs, put a small piece of rebar in the middle when you plant, then if they need staking, you can replace small piece worth a bigger piece and no worries of damaging any bulbs
Name: Wes
Ohio (Zone 6a)
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Wes
May 22, 2016 2:16 PM CST
Nhra_20 said:I'd be careful using twine.it could read the stalk


I won't bother until they bloom and there are alternatives to actual twine.

Name: Lorn (Roosterlorn)
S.E Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
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Roosterlorn
May 22, 2016 3:42 PM CST
Smiling I'm like Wes, I don't bother 'till the time comes. And if I do need to stake, I tie back with yarn and very loose so there's plenty of flex to swing and sway without breaking during a wind storm.

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