When is the best time to transplant lilies?
Technically, you can transplant at any time during the warm months, but when temps are very high, the water stress on the plant greatly increases the chances that the plant will die. If you transplant during high heat, provide lots of water for at least a week or two after transplanting. Providing temporary shade for the plant is helpful as well.
Will lilies continue to grow if brought inside?
It depends on the kind of lily, but for the most part, most types of lilies will survive indoors, but they will not bloom indoors. It is best to leave them out if they are variety that will survive outdoors in your area.
I have a couple of lily plants that I planted this spring as bulbils. They did not bloom this summer but they have formed bulbils. All the information I can find tells me to plant the bulbils in late summer but it is too late for that here. We are already getting frost at night. I want to know if I can harvest the bulbils and store them in the refrigerator over the winter and plant them in the spring.
Yes, you can collect and store the bulbils over winter and plant them outside in the spring. Place them in labeled ziplock bags. Then put them into the fridge for about a month or so to give them a cooling period. Take them out of the fridge and transfer them in growing trays or pots, then place these under Florescent lighting to grow them over winter. By spring the bulbils should be adequately sized for planting in the garden.
I planted mature lilies under my large oak tree three years ago, lots of foliage but no flowers.
Members of the lily family require a minimum of 5-6 hours of full sun to bloom. If yours are under a mature oak tree, They are probably not getting enough sun. Unless the lilies are in containers, the tree is robbing your bulbs of both nutrition and moisture.
Have you been fertilizing the flowers? Also try using a more basic potting soil and make sure the plants receive sunlight. Lilies are generally photoperiod flowering plants meaning they depend on different light spectrum between the vegetative and flowering periods and they need different exposure times to the light. Good Luck and Happy Growing!
Can irises and lilies be successfully divided and transplanted in early spring?
Yes, if you live in a suitable area where the threat of freezing temps is not an issue, then it is fine to divide and transplant both iris and lily plants. Just make sure they are transplanted in similar conditions, water deeply and trim back the foliage to lessen transplant shock.
When is a good time to thin out Lilies?
Early fall is the best time to divide and transplant lily plants to thin them out.
I purchased one of these plants and have no knowledge of the soil type or were to plant them or if you can plant them indoors. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.
Grow them outdoors in (Zones 7-10) shady areas in fertile, well-draining but somewhat moist soil. Indoors, or in pots, the plants require a peat moss and perlite mixture (or sphagnum moss) with bright, indirect light. They must also be kept moist, but not wet. They also need hight humidity, so daily misting may be necessary.