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Sep 28, 2015 9:15 PM CST
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Name: Susan
Southeast NE (Zone 5b)
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This may look like a big ball of roots to you, but I know there were 6 lily stems attached to it before they broke off. Can I just say digging lily bulbs in my heavy muddy soil is so much fun.
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Sep 28, 2015 9:16 PM CST
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Name: Susan
Southeast NE (Zone 5b)
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Lilies Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Daylilies
See! After a little digging away at the mud with my bare hands, I see bulb #1!
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Sep 28, 2015 9:17 PM CST
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Name: Susan
Southeast NE (Zone 5b)
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Now there are 2.
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Sep 28, 2015 9:18 PM CST
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Name: Susan
Southeast NE (Zone 5b)
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Finally I see 6.
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Sep 28, 2015 9:20 PM CST
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Name: Susan
Southeast NE (Zone 5b)
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Lots of gentle hand digging and washing off with a hose and they are drying in the driveway.

Welcome to the world of NE soil.
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Sep 28, 2015 9:31 PM CST
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Name: Connie
Willamette Valley OR (Zone 8a)
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They look nice and healthy! Hurray! I'm working on the same chore, except with our drought the soil is pretty dry. I wet it down before I came in this evening to make digging easier tomorrow.
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Sep 28, 2015 9:47 PM CST
Name: della
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Beautiful bulbs - a well-earned sight!
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Sep 29, 2015 12:25 AM CST
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Name: Susan
Southeast NE (Zone 5b)
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This had been the wettest year here that I can ever remember. So far all the bulbs I've dug up look healthy. It's interesting to see how some divide into many large bulbs like this one and other make multiple smaller bulbs. Latvia still has to be the bulb that multiplies the fastest for me. If anyone gets some of the free ones I'm sending out I would suggest dividng at least every 3 years and maybe every other. I big bulb turns into 50 medium to small bulbs really fast. Forever Susan is another olne I have a hard time keeping up with.
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Oct 3, 2015 3:39 PM CST

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Interesting..........how do you split a trumpet bulb?? I know I have some that are ready......to be split for sure...........the size of a small baseball some of them. the lily place I got them from said they are best to split on their own......
any thoughts on this??
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Oct 3, 2015 4:02 PM CST
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I agree with the lily place. They will put up more than one stalk when they are ready to be split. It will be easy to tell where they split when you dig them up. A gentle twist will usually separate the bulbs when they are ready. Keep your knife in the kitchen!
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Oct 4, 2015 5:50 AM CST
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Name: Susan
Southeast NE (Zone 5b)
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Lilies Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Daylilies
This clump started as one bulb. I could easily tell by the fact that it has 6 blooming stems this summer that it was well past time to divide. These came part easily by just gently twisting and pulling them apart. I like to separate when there are 3-4 stems but don't really have a fixed rule of when to do it. They just get to looking crowded when they bloom about that time.
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Oct 4, 2015 2:53 PM CST
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The only thing better than digging one bulb, is digging 6 (in your case). They look happy for sure. And are sizing up nice.
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