Crinum Lily - Knowledgebase Question

Name: Shelby Britt
Winston Salem, No
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Question by sbritt749
October 6, 2010
I have 3 crinum lilys. Red,white and pink. I live in Winston Salem,NC. (zone 7a?). My lilys have been outside all summer in pots. Do I take the bulbs out of the pot and bring them inside for the winter. Or leave them in the pot and bring pot inside? Or leave them outside in the pot for Winter?

Thank you,
Shelby Britt

Answer from NGA
October 6, 2010
Crinum Lilies are hardy in zone 7 so you can leave them where they are all winter. Since yours are in pots you may want to either sink the pots into the ground to help insulate the bulbs from winter cold or wrap the containers with insulating material. If you leave them in the pots they will produce foliage and flowers earlier in the season. If you cannot protect the bulbs by sinking the pots into the ground or wrapping, you can certainly dig the bulbs and store them in a cool, dark, above freezing place over the winter months. Wait until the foliage dies down on its own, the cut off the dead foliage, dig the bulbs and store them in dry peat moss or sawdust. In the spring you can replant the bulbs.

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