planting lily of the valley

mishko_2006April 2, 2007

I've just got 2 pink-flowerering LOV plants from a nursery.

Do I plant the thin "roots" horizontally 1 inch deep and leave the small 1 inch "bulbs" underground too? (one plant has one of these, the other two)

Or is this an emerging stalk to be left sticking out of the ground?

I'm asking as the nursery gave no instructions and I'm a newbie.

Many thanks


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MIshko, never had pink LOV,just the common white,not sure of the best way to plant them.But make sure, if they are like the white, that they are in a place you specifically want them.My whites looked great for a couple of years ,staying just where I wanted them.Little did I know they were sending runners all over creation.Next thing I knew I had a mess on my hands,they were popping up all over in my plants.I had to dig them back up and separate them from the plants roots. And anywhere they broke off new plants started growing from the pieces. I found them to be highly invasive in my woodlands...but you may want just a nice section off all by itself...nice plants though..good luck...Tom

    Bookmark   April 3, 2007 at 9:54PM
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I would put the whole thing under soil in a pot plunged in the ground. In fact, that is exactly what I am doing right now. I still have a 2x2' area to clear of lily of the valley before I plunge the pots. The part that is above ground is the green nub from which the leaves and flowers sprout. In my removal efforts, I have found some of these nubs to be just below the soil surface.

    Bookmark   April 4, 2007 at 11:06AM
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knottyceltic(S/W Ontario 5b)

UGH! I would put them in big pots! LOV no matter pink or white is extremely invasive. If you don't have the time to keep it under control it will not only be YOUR plant but it will be your neighbours and their neighbours as well. If you pot them, all you have to do is bring them into somewhere cool in winter. I bring my pots to the cold room for the winter and then put them out again in early spring so they feel like they've had 'some' winter exposure before they sprout again.

southern Ontario, CANADA

    Bookmark   April 4, 2007 at 12:45PM
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ahughes798(z5 IL)

Round up works well on LOV.

    Bookmark   April 8, 2007 at 12:26AM
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