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Anonymous on
August 14, 2015

Q. eating fruit

Is the fruit of Belamcanda Blackberry lilies edible?

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
August 16, 2015
Certified Expert
A.

No. While the plant gets its name from the similarity of its fruit to blackberries, unlike blackberry fruit these are poisonous if ingested. If you have any small children or pets around, I would suggest getting rid of the fruits so they cannot be eaten by mistake.

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Anonymous on
September 21, 2015

Q. cutting back blades of blackberry lily

Do I cut back the blades of blackberry lily plants in the fall, as I do Iris, or leave them? I have pulled bad leaves already. Thanks.

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
September 23, 2015
Certified Expert
A.

They do not need to be cut back, nor do the irises. Allow the foliage to die back naturally, as the plants need this for producing enough energy to go into next year's blooms. You can, however, cut back any old blooms and stems down to the base.

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Asked by
kathyetherton on
February 29, 2016

Q. Blackberry lily

Can blackberry lilies by grown in a container?

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
March 1, 2016
Certified Expert
A.

This plant may not be the best choice for a container plant.
A relative to the iris, the rhizomes can grow to quickly in a pot and require frequent repotting.
It also may be sensitive to watering issues in a pot.

If you only have space for growing in pots and really want to try a Leopard Lily, you certainly can give it a try!

Here is a link with more information.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/bulbs/blackberry-lily/growing-blackberry-lilies.htm

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Asked by
pjs123 on
July 29, 2016

Q. Blackberry lilies

In your article on the care of Blackberry Lilies, you state that they begin with planting the bulbs (actually tubers). I have some little “shoots” coming up from my lilies that I would like to share. Can they be dug up and transplanted? What confuses me is that on the same internet page I see blackberry lily seeds advertised. Thanks for someone’s expertise. If the “shoots” can be transplanted, can it be done now?

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
July 29, 2016
Certified Expert
A.

Blackberry Lily spread through rhizomes and can be divided or shared as you would an Iris plant.
You can harvest seeds from your plants in the fall before they drop from the plant.
Dry and store the seeds in a cool location.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/bulbs/iris/dividing-transplanting-iris.htm

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Asked by
hilda clark on
September 25, 2016

Q. Growing blackberry lily

When is the best time to plant blackberry seed?

Answered by
Alisma on
September 26, 2016
Certified Expert
A.

You can plant the seeds outdoors in the fall. To have more reliable establishment, first cold-stratify the seeds as described here:

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/seeds/seed-stratification.htm

Plant the stratified seeds indoors in the early spring, keep moist until they germinate, then transplant outside after the risk of frost has passed.

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Asked by
claudia78hartung on
November 17, 2016

Q. Growing bulbs from seeds

How do I grow Blackberry Lily bulbs from seeds?

Answered by
Alisma on
November 17, 2016
Certified Expert
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Collect the seeds in the fall when the seed pods open up. You can plant them outdoors immediately, and they will germinate in the spring, or you can store them in the refrigerator until spring and then plant outdoors. The seeds can take a while to germinate, so be patient.

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