Lilies forum: Please help

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(Zone 9b)
Apr 25, 2017 3:40 PM CST
Grumbling Ok hi guys I need some serious help! I just recently moved into my very first house (so exciting!!!) Fortunately the house already had a garden area, unfortunately there were already a few plants in it. There are about 3-4 giant spider lilies, and while normally I would have no problem with them their size just takes up to much room of the garden. Now I am a garden-newbie and with the current drought in central florida the ground is just completely dry and hard. I've tried wetting the dirt to be able to dig these lilies up but to no avail they are still there. Any help is appreciated really I'm at a loss on how to get them up. Thank you in advance!!! Big Grin
Name: Connie
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Apr 25, 2017 4:20 PM CST


Maybe a good heavy mattock and persistent muscle? I had to dig out a pine tree stump and it took a few days but I got there with a mattock being the most useful tool I used. Keep wetting it down as you work your way down.

Once you find your target get the mattock under it and use leverage to lift it out.

I'm not real familiar with spider lilies but if they are like other nasty bulbs I have found myself stuck with it will make many small bulblets that will haunt you the rest of your life, never getting them all out at once.
Ontario, Canada (Zone 6a)
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Apr 25, 2017 5:18 PM CST
If you're in it for the long game you could just keep cutting off the foliage every spring until the bulbs starve to death.

Alternatively, if the bulbs are blooming-size you might be able to convince neighbours, relatives, etc. who want free flowers to dig them up for you. As I understand it blooming-size Lycoris in the green is rare to come by unless you know where to look for them.
Name: Patrick
Midland, Michigan (Zone 6a)
Apr 25, 2017 5:27 PM CST
Is this the plant you are trying to remove?
Perfumed spiderlily (Hymenocallis latifolia)

Like any persistent/invasive plant, you need to get under it to make sure you got the whole thing. As Connie said - leaving any bits can allow it to grow back.
(Zone 9b)
Apr 25, 2017 6:10 PM CST
Thank you all for your responses Big Grin I will definitely look up where to get a mattock !!! Also, this is a better picture of what they look like
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And as far as the tiny bulbs I'm honestly considering just tearing up all the dirt in the garden and mixing something with it because its just sooooo dry. Any suggestions on what I can mix with it to make it more fitting for life??? Confused
Sydney, Australia (Zone 10b)
Apr 26, 2017 2:54 AM CST
Things are already growing in it, so it is fitting for life :P

Depends on what you plan on planting and what your current soil is composed of ( clay, silt, sand) really.
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Name: Rick R.
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Apr 26, 2017 6:09 AM CST
I can only assume that you aren't familiar with these soil conditions, and that this is a new obstacle for you. With any similar situation, the right thing to do (in my opinion) is to first see how the veterans deal with the same problem and take that into consideration before trying anything new. After all, your "new" may have already been tried. Talk to your new neighbors and see what advice they might have. I think you will save a lot of hard work by doing a bit more thinking before you act. (And yes, reaching out here is part of that. Smiling )

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Sep 7, 2017 1:37 PM CST
Late to this thread but I have these growing in a raised bed. It is Hymenocallis (spider lily). They are in compacted soil but I can easily dig them up with a spading or potato fork. I start about six inches away from the plant base and work the fork in all around the bulbs, just flexing the fork and working the soil loose. Eventually it will loosen enough you can grab the base of the plant and work it out of the soil. They do multiply but are not that invasive. I will hope you have no devastation from this hurricane but if the rain is needed, you should be receiving enough to saturate the soil. Stay safe...
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