Lilies forum: Overwintering Skyscraper lilies

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Nov 28, 2016 8:53 PM CST
These lilies are hardy but some planted in plastic/wooden/terracotta pots. I have lifted these for the winter (first frost is happening tonight). When I lifted the bulbs I found they had hundreds of roots, 1 to 4 inches long, extending out from the bulb. Will these roots die over winter if I dry the bulbs and wrap them in newspaper and leave them in the fridge? Do I need to re plant the bulbs? Do most lilies have roots like this, or are Skyscrapers different? I also lifted the gladioli. and those were just bulbs - no roots to speak of.
Name: Joshua
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia (Zone 10b)
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Nov 28, 2016 9:28 PM CST

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Hi and welcome!

Can you tell us where you are located? You might not need to lift the liliums (as far as I can tell, Skyscraper lilies as just taller lilium cultivars, like "lily trees" - all just marketing spin). Lilium bulbs don't go dormant during winter - they keep growing and developing. They don't like being out of the ground or drying out. You can store them in the fridge (in the vegetable drawer or crisper) for a few weeks.

If your climate isn't too cold and you have the space, you could just move the pots into a garage or carport where they will be protected from the worst of the cold.
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