Ask a Question forum: Foxtail Lilies: Lifting and Dividing?

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Name: Annie
Waynesboro, PA (Zone 6a)
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LysmachiaMoon
Jun 19, 2014 5:07 AM CST
When and how should I lift and move/divide my Foxtail Lilies (the Latin escapes me...E----something?.)? I noticed that from the 3 bulbs I planted several years ago, I now have a clump of smaller plants and only 2 small flower stalks this year. I LOVE these plants and I'd like to have more, but I'm completely unfamiliar with how to propagate them. Anyone have experience with this?
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Name: June
Rosemont, Ont. (Zone 4a)
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JuneOntario
Jun 19, 2014 8:13 AM CST
I think the answer to how to propage Eremurus is "very carefully"! First, you'd have to wait until they were dormant before disturbing them. They have long, octopus-tentacle-like roots that spread out sideways, so digging them up without breaking roots off could be tricky. Then you'd have to use a sharp knife to divide them, making sure that each bud had at least a couple of roots to sustain it. It might be advisable to let the cuts air-dry to seal the wound before replanting. That's how I would go about it. I have not actually attempted doing this!
Name: Annie
Waynesboro, PA (Zone 6a)
Cat Lover Keeper of Poultry
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LysmachiaMoon
Jun 20, 2014 5:10 AM CST
Thanks June! Your suggestions sound like what I've been thinking too....I figure if they are dormant, moving them should be ok. I'll let you know how it goes. Smiling
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crittergarden
Apr 4, 2015 6:58 AM CST
I hope that by waking up this thread I can find someone with GOOD ADVICE for Mamajack over at Cubits.

She's hosted a co-op including eremurus, it will arrive to her just after breaking dormancy, and she need to WAIT a couple of weeks before shipping to someone who will be on vacation......

Somebody come over and discuss!!!
http://cubits.org/notfortheserious/thread/view/81497/?offset...
SHOW ME YOUR CRITTERS! I have a critter page over at Cubits. http://cubits.org/crittergarden/thread/view/73275/

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