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Oops, what can i do now?

Posted by marciaz3 Tropical3/NWOnt (My Page) on
Sun, Mar 28, 10 at 19:00

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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RE: Oops, what can i do now?

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


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RE: Oops, what can i do now?

Thanks, Terry!


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RE: Oops, what can i do now?

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


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RE: Oops, what can i do now?

Did you split the clump last fall, then?


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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.


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RE: Oops, what can i do now?

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.


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