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I am growing these for the first time and am not sure how to deal with them. They consist of one erect stem with several flower heads which are just beginning to open. I intend to leave them in situ, covering them in mulch but I'm not sure if and when the stems should be cut. Can anybody advise me please?

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  • Posted: Sat. 3rd September 2011 10:15

Re: Double flowering lily

Reply from Kathy C

Hi, Erika's Garden,
Your Lilium 'Fata Morgana' is here on Shoot. If you add it to your 'Plants I Have' list, you will get info on how to care for it, including when to cut back. As far as Lilium in general is concerned, it is always good to remove the spent flowers, but leave the rest of the plant for the season to feed the bulb/root. If you can stand it looking tatty, leave it to die down naturally and then remove the dead leaves.
Kathy C

  • Posted: Tue. 6th September 2011 18:49

Re: Re: Double flowering lily

Reply from Erika's Garden

Thanks Kathy, I've added it to my plant list. It doesn't mention anything about cutting back in the 'how to care' section so I will follow your advice and just cut off the dead flower heads and leave the rest to die down naturally. Thanks for your help!

  • Posted: Fri. 9th September 2011 14:27