Lilies bloom spectacular offering an amazing chromatic show to every garden or balcony. Yes, I love all plants, but I have an affinity for lilies, and this article is especially designed for lilies loves.
Yes, these fabulous plants bloom incredibly beautiful, but did you ever know how to care for lilies after their blooming period to enjoy their beauty for years?
Steps to care for lilies after their blooming period
- First of all, don’t try to cut the stems once they have no blooming flowers. All you have to do is to remove dry flowers.
- Leave the stems along with the leaves because they will still feed the bulb. It will store the nutrients it needs to bloom the next year. That’s why it’s important not to cut them immediately, even if they are unsightly.
- Cut only the wilted flowers. This way you’ll prevent seed formation, and the plant won’t consume bulb nutrients in vain.
- The long stem that sustained the flowers is cut only when the leaves have dried.
- Usually, most garden lilies withstand winter, but to avoid unpleasant surprises, you may cover the soil around the plant with dry straws or leaves to protect the bulbs.
- For sensitive lilies species, remove the late autumn bulbs and replant them early in the spring. Over winter, they must be kept in a moist environment – sand, peat, sawdust, and so on, because the bulb will dry quickly.
- Large flowering bulbs can be planted again in the spring and will flourish the following summer. Baby bulbs (those bulbs that appear around the mother bulb) take several years to bloom. They will also be planted in the ground, but separately.
- For all of this it’s necessary to care for the lilies after the flowers have dried as when they are in the blooming period. Don’t add fertilizers! It’s enough to water them and make sure they are not attacked by diseases and pests.