Lilies - Knowledgebase Question

Thornwood, Ne
Question by bennie35gray
July 26, 2010
Should I cut back my tiger and oriental lilies to the ground after they bloom or leave the leaves like I do daffodils for nourishment? My friend has gorgeous stargazer lilies and cuts them totally down after blooming and does NOTHING ELSE EVER TO them - doesn't fertilize either! Thanks!


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Answer from NGA
July 26, 2010

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Because they grow from bulbs, you should leave the stems and foliage alone to nourish the bulbs, cutting everything down after frost arrives. Your friend is lucky her lilies bloom each year. You might try her method with one of your lilies. It's possible her soil is quite rich, which can provide the nourishment the bulbs need to perform the following year. Good luck with your experiment!

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