Lilies forum: How early can I dig my bulbs?

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Name: Darcy
Reno, NV (Zone 6b)
Jul 12, 2016 11:10 AM CST
We are completely overhauling my garden area, which means all the plants that I want to try and save have to be taken out. Is it too early to dig the lilies and hope they have a chance at surviving until next year? Most are done flowering, but the stems are still green.
Name: Lorn (Roosterlorn)
S.E Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
Lilies Seed Starter Pollen collector Bee Lover Region: Wisconsin
Jul 13, 2016 7:46 PM CST
Ideally, a person would like to leave the lilies in the ground until the leaves turn yellow/brown and fall sometime in October. Because the second half of the season is when the bulb is rebuilding itself for next years performance. When that is not possible, then the next best option is to dig them as a clump and transfer the whole plant into a large pot temporarily. Add enough soil to completely cover, water in well and store in a cool shade location if possible until ready to replant in your new garden later this fall (after the leaves have turned yellow and fallen. If you have more questions as you move ahead with your project, just ask. Smiling
Name: Darcy
Reno, NV (Zone 6b)
Jul 13, 2016 11:59 PM CST
Thank you!

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