Looking after lilies

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I have noticed that there is what looks like little bulbs growing at the top of the leaves of the lilies. I wasn’t sure it they were new bulbs. Also should you take the bulbs out of the soil at the end of the season and rest them over winter.

Do not be tempted to lift them as Lilies are hardy flowers and like a cold dormant phase and need to be left over winter.
The bulbs you mention on the leaves are seeds, they can be removed and planted. In 3 to 4 years they will bloom into a mature lily.

Loraine Hart

Aftercare for Lilies

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Sandra Hannington

I purchased lily bulbs from you earlier this year, just put them in pots and have had the most magnificent display of lily flowers, which I am still enjoying. It seems so much return for so little effort on my part so far. But when they have finished flowering what should I then do to achieve a similar display next year. They have given so much pleasure I feel I need to reward them for a promise of future flowers.

I’m so pleased to hear how much you have enjoyed your lilies – they’re fantastic aren’t they?
When the Lilies have finished flowering, cut any seed heads back and allow the foliage to die back naturally. Do not be tempted to cut the stem back until the stems become hollow and brown. You’ll simply be able to remove it by hand and throw away. Lilies like a cold dormant phase, leave them where they are and they should show a good display the following year. If they are in pots, just make sure they don’t get waterlogged. Hope this helps.

Loraine Hart