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Transplanting Lillies

Posted by Kalie_Florida 9a (My Page) on
Tue, May 14, 13 at 11:13

When we moved into our current house, there were a lot of lillies growing along a fence that we demolished. I dug up the lillies and moved all of the bulbs to another area in the yard. This was supposed to be a short-term solution to try and save the plants. I just put them in a low spot and covered with some soil. They are very crowded. I didn't end up transplanting them last year because I was so busy with other garden projects. But now I am wanting to move them somewhere. My question is, is there anything special that I should do before transplanting the bulbs somewhere else? There are long 2' green leaves on most of the bulbs (which have been there since I originally dug them up) but not many roots. Do I peel off any of the scales on the bulbs before planting? Should I fertilize now or wait until they get used to the new location?

Any help would be much appreciated. :)

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RE: Transplanting Lillies

Here's my 2 cents....

I'm just starting with lilies myself, but the way I see your situation is that they certainly will not do well where they are now so you should try to transplant them.

Prepare your transplant area by loosening up the soil. Get your holes ready so the bulbs are out of the ground a minimum amount of time. Gently dig them up, don't remove any scales, replant. Water them in. If it's hot you might shade them for a day or two. I don't know about feeding, but I would wait a couple weeks for them to settle in. I bet they will be just fine.

PS Be careful not to snap off green growth.

This post was edited by socks12345 on Tue, May 14, 13 at 15:48

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