Lilies forum: transplanting Lilies

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Name: Meri Taylor
SD (Zone 4a)
God made dirt! Dirt don't hurt!
Sep 12, 2016 2:24 PM CST
I had to dig up my Lilies. I think they're Asiatic but I'm not sure as they were given to me and the giver didn't know either. What research I've done leads me to Asiatic. I don't even know if it makes a difference at this point!

The leaves and stems are still green but the very tips are brown along with assorted chew holes. We've had lots of grasshoppers this year! Its the middle of September here in zone 4b and I'm wondering if I should replant them with the stems attached or break them off. One bulb has 3 divisions to break off and another bulb has 2 so I'd like to separate them but I'm just not sure what to do. Or rather how to do it.

Stem on or stem off? I've got them heeled in til I decide. Should I leave them heeled in a little longer to give them time to brown naturally?

Please! Some one tell me what to do!
Name: Elaine
South Sarasota, Florida (Zone 9b)
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Sep 12, 2016 4:02 PM CST
Leave them heeled in until the leaves brown, so they can put all their energy into making new bulbs. Then let them dry a bit, and you can separate them.

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Name: Meri Taylor
SD (Zone 4a)
God made dirt! Dirt don't hurt!
Sep 12, 2016 4:52 PM CST
Thanks Elaine! that's just what I needed to know. I tip my hat to you.
Name: Rick R.
near Minneapolis, MN zone 4a
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Sep 12, 2016 4:55 PM CST
Yes, that's right. When the stems are brown, you can cut them off. Most people leave an inch or so still sticking out of the bulb. Elaine doesn't mean to dig them up and let them dry a bit before separating: let the soil dry a bit. The bulbs will tolerate drying out well, but really prefer not to be. If the bulbs don't want to break apart cleanly, then leave them together and plant.
Name: Lorn (Roosterlorn)
S.E Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
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Sep 12, 2016 5:39 PM CST
And don't forget to label well so you don't accidently step on them before they emerge in the spring. Thumbs up

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