Lilies - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by bbroden
July 19, 2010
Do lilies like acid soil? Should I continue to fertizle them after they have bloomed? How far do I cut back the stem they have bloomed on?


Answer from NGA
July 19, 2010
Lilies usually adapt to most soil types; acidic soil is not necessary for good growth and flowering. You won't need to feed them after they have finished blooming but you should leave the stem and foliage alone until it dies back on its own. The leaves are busy manufacturing and transporting energy back to the bulbs for next year's growth and flowering. Go ahead and cut off the spent flowers, but leave the rest of the plant alone until it dies back. At that time you can prune it off at ground level. Enjoy your lilies!

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