question about lily bulbs

gardengirl77January 21, 2011

I want to order some lily bulbs and I wanted to know if the size 12/14 lily bulbs will come up as well as the 14/16. I can get the smaller size for quite a bit cheaper and was wondering if they would work for cutting this year. Also, does anyone know how many years you can use a lily bulb for cutting?

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annebert(6b/7a MD)

Sure, they will come up fine. They will not have as many flowers the first year. In the ground, bulbs will keep getting bigger and last for years.

    Bookmark   January 22, 2011 at 6:18PM
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flowers4u(z6 OR)

If you plan to use the lilies multiple years, then you need to leave a good portion of the stalk or alternate years of cutting. This allows the bulb to grow and receive the light/nutrients it needs. If you cut it too hard they may not come back or will only have 1-3 blooms the following year.

And, in my case, the gophers love them, so mine are planted in crates or raised beds lined with hardware cloth and weedcloth first.

I like 14/16 because you can get 3-7 blooms depending upon the variety and they make a nice bouquet with 3 stems.

Good luck,
Wendy in OR

    Bookmark   January 24, 2011 at 2:25PM
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The larger the bulb the larger & more flowers. After years of buying smaller bulbs and getting OK results, I spent the extra money for larger bulbs and the 1st year they ALL grew and had large flowers. In addition I made a special raised bed using Trex lumber, lined it with hardware cloth to prevent voles from eating the bulbs. I grow the lilies to sell at my Farmers' Market and they all sold quickly at $4/stem.

Buying larger bulbs also pertains to most other "bulb" plants.

    Bookmark   January 25, 2011 at 1:38PM
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Thank you all for your responses! I appreciate the information.

    Bookmark   January 28, 2011 at 10:17PM
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