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Re: Transplanting Lilies

I did just that this spring, trying to dig out a columbine that was near a
favored tetraploid that wasn't up above ground yet.  Sliced off the 5-6
inches of growth above the bulb, but never touched the bulb itself.  Will
it come back next year?

> [Original Message]
> From: Marge Talt <mtalt@hort.net>
> To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
> Date: 6/5/2003 1:01:34 AM
> Subject: Re: [CHAT] Transplanting Lilies
> Since lilies never go totally dormant, Cathy, most are dug in the
> fall - late, like November, after the foliage has been killed back. 
> That's why, before growers figured out how to refrigerate them
> properly, you never got your lilly bulbs until about Thanksgiving.  
> That said, I have moved many bulbous type plants in full growth
> without losing them.  Key is to get a good rootball and that can be a
> bit tricky with lilies as they are known to sprout up out of the
> ground nowhere near the bulb....I've sliced many a bulb thinking the
> bulb was directly under the stem and it wasn't.  
> If you can dig a wide enough hole to find the bulbs without slicing
> them, and they are not doing well where they are, I'd say dig them
> and move them to better quarters.  If done on a cloudy or misty day
> and they are well watered in, they probably won't even know they were
> moved....always provided you get a big rootball so you don't lose a
> lot of roots.
> If they are crowded in with other plants, you may need to wait until
> fall to find the bulbs.

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