Lilies forum: Interesting..........how does everone get rid of their seeds off their lilies??

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patweppler
May 15, 2015 12:40 PM CST
do you just continue to dead head the flowers and not let them go to seed. I am concerned since I might have quite a few seeds showing up in my future here..
you can not toss them out or they will get mixed with the compost and so on at the dump site and that would be a hay day for some seeds
and you can toss them down a long the river blank that is just L. Regales type of home environment....
just wander what people do with all the seeds.....??

Name: Jason
Gold Bar, Washington (Zone 8b)
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riverman123
May 16, 2015 4:06 PM CST
we never let ours go to seed. lilys spend a lot of energy producing seeds; energy that can be used for bulb growth and future blooms.

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patweppler
May 16, 2015 4:57 PM CST
so you just cut off the spent flowers then as they are done blooming??
that is what I figure I do here too
I do want some of the seeds of a regale but not the rest of them
maybe the napelense as well
Name: Connie
Willamette Valley OR (Zone 8a)
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pardalinum
May 16, 2015 6:36 PM CST

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I break off the pods by hand, snapping them upward. That way if virus is lurking somewhere I am not spreading it by using my pruners from plant to plant.
Name: Jason
Gold Bar, Washington (Zone 8b)
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riverman123
May 16, 2015 7:11 PM CST
Connie - although we've never had much problems with virus spreading, that's good advice none the less. we may be spreading and not even know it. I think we'll start this as a new practice. Rolling my eyes.

Pat - are you looking to grow from seeds specifically, or are you simply hoping to have more lily's in general. planting the bulbettes is a much easier way of growing them vs. starting them from seed. but hey, whatever turns you on! Thumbs up

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patweppler
May 16, 2015 7:40 PM CST
Well with the Regale the seeds apparently germinate rather quickly..
for my other ones will use the bulbettes

I do want try my hand at hybridizing a few lilies and cross them and see what happens, I want to one for each of daughter in laws and one grand daughter......well see if I can handle this or not......not that experienced yet ..

I might just wait and there is a bulb that I truly love in the Regale..might just scale that one particular bulb.....and use the seeds

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