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Aug 19, 2014 9:53 AM CST
|How many did you originally plant?|
Love the dogs, too!
Aug 19, 2014 10:42 AM CST
|Hi Arlene. |
The lilies where here when we bought the place in 1999. It wasn't until 2000 that we realized they were here. Everything was dead, hadn't been watered in a number of years. We started watering the summer of 1999. Come spring time these lilies were coming up everywhere in that area.
I think the original planting was done in 1950.
They are really tough plants and have survived here down to 0°F, plus heavy rains from winter through most of the spring. July and August is our drought season and they get almost no water.
I think if a person planted a border with about 10 plants it wouldn't take long to fill in and create a nice display. The birds love them, hummers when in bloom and goldfinches when they have gone to seed.
Aug 19, 2014 12:32 PM CST
|I have a total of four. At least it's a start.|
You've done a great job with them.
Aug 19, 2014 12:42 PM CST
|I have thinned them heavily over the years, as they started taking up more ground. They do need to be cleaned out in the late winter/early spring, before new growth starts appearing. It is an easy thing to do. For our area, if I leave all the dead foliage it will start rotting in our heavy winter/spring monsoon season.|
Aug 19, 2014 12:53 PM CST
|I understood they were well rooted plants and extremely difficult to dig. Is that true?|
Aug 19, 2014 1:04 PM CST
|Mature plants have big rhizomes, something like bearded iris have, only bigger. You can see them in this photo.|
Yes, it does seem like the roots are well rooted. It is easy to start new plants from the young/new rhizomes that form in the spring. This particular Kniphofia is an impressive sized plant when mature, there are many others that are much smaller.
Aug 19, 2014 1:29 PM CST
|Thanks. I'll be content with my few plants.|
Aug 19, 2014 2:20 PM CST
|The display will grow larger each year. I look forward to seeing your colony grow.|
Aug 19, 2014 2:36 PM CST
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