Oops, what can i do now?

marciaz3 Tropical 3 Northwestern OntarioMarch 28, 2010

I've had container lilies for a few years now, and what i've done in the fall is take the clump out of the container and plant it in the ground for the winter. When i transplanted to a larger container, i buried the container itself in the ground. Last year, i transplanted them into a much larger container, so for the winter, i put them in the garage where we keep our potatoes and onions. Today i dragged the container out to find that the lilies had sprouted and there are ghostly stems about a foot long. I took it out and it's in the cold frame right now (it's +10) and i'll bring it inside later - had to clear a space for it in the porch.

Can the stems be cut off or trimmed back? I kind of don't think so. Now i'm going to have to rethink this - maybe split the clump in the fall and plant smaller clumps into the ground. Any ideas?

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twrosz

Hi Marcia ... best not to cut those stems back, they are very unlikely to produce any new shoots this year. These ghostly white stems will green up and go on to flower pretty much as normal.

Terry

    Bookmark   March 28, 2010 at 7:15PM
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marciaz3 Tropical 3 Northwestern Ontario

Thanks, Terry!

    Bookmark   March 28, 2010 at 7:38PM
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twrosz

Marcia, the same thing has happened to me last year, so yeah, I speak from experience :)

    Bookmark   March 28, 2010 at 11:01PM
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marciaz3 Tropical 3 Northwestern Ontario

Did you split the clump last fall, then?

    Bookmark   March 29, 2010 at 7:40AM
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twrosz

These had been bulbs that I had needed to remove from a particular location and had simply thrown them into a pot to hold over for the winter ... I now know better than to keep them in the coldroom where they sprout too dang early.

    Bookmark   March 30, 2010 at 2:13AM
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marciaz3 Tropical 3 Northwestern Ontario

Thanks, Terry. The shoots are greening up already. I'll either split the clump this fall or try to unpot the whole thing and plant it in the veg. garden.

I often think with envy of Sharon's pump house where she's able to store so many things. It stays above freezing all winter, but not too warm where things might sprout too early.

    Bookmark   March 30, 2010 at 7:34AM
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