Transplanting Trumpet Lilies

pauline13(z7 TX)October 10, 2005

I live in Tyler, Texas (zone 7) and need to transplant some trumpet lilies. I can expect my first freeze in about 6 weeks. I would think that now would be the time to move these lilies so they can get established before cold weather, but their 6-8 foot stalks still have mostly green leaves. The same is the case with my Formosa Lilies which also need moving. How should I handle this situation?

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pardalinum(z8 PNW)

Just dig and lift the bulbs taking as much of the clinging soil as you can. Replant where you want them. Water in well. Since the roots won't be integral with the new surrounding soil, you may want to include a stake (it doesn't have to be as tall as the lily). Trumpet llies can have HUGE bulbs so you may want to dig out a ways to avoid slicing into the bulb. You can clip the stalks back when the leaves turn yellow. At this time they are no longer photosynthesizing.

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