Oriental Lillies - I accidently broke the tip off the first shoot

InspireRealityApril 9, 2013

My lilies I planted last fall had not started to surface yet, so I attempted to check to see if there was anything growing. I went to dig up some of the top soil a bit and ended up breaking off about a 1/2 inch or so of the very tip of the first shoot starting to grow under the soil.

Did I just kill it for this year, or will it continue to grow - do you think?

Thanks for any advice!

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Generally, lilies (lilium) only shoot up one stem per year so unless it's a double nose bulb, don't expect anything this year. However, you didn't kill the bulb and it will come back up next Spring. It will be a little smaller, but it will still live and be back to normal the year after next. Sometimes they'll shoot up a small 'side offset' too, and if it does, let it grow. Many lilies fall victim to garden hoes, big feet and curious trowels this time of year.

    Bookmark   April 12, 2013 at 4:13PM
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