Cutting Lillies Back?

mommanature(z5)July 30, 2013

My lillies were spectacular this year. Now that they are all bloomed out... how do I go about cutting them back? Can I just cut off the spent flower stems or will this hurt the plant? I know someone out there can help.

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hostaholic2 z 4, MN

I usually cut just below the lowest bloom pedicel or you can cut off each pedicel individually if you have lots of free time.

    Bookmark   July 30, 2013 at 10:36PM
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swontgirl_z5a(5a)

I think the rule is to leave at least 2/3 of the stem for the bulb to regenerate itself so you get blooms next year.

    Bookmark   August 9, 2013 at 5:49PM
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Winnie67(5)

Agreed, I normally cut the stems so that around 2/3 of it remain after the bloom has faded.

    Bookmark   August 10, 2013 at 9:20PM
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