Looking after the lilies?

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« on: January 26, 2008, 12:50 »
I love lilies! Last year I grew from a bulb Lilium Asiatic 'Olivia' and it was absolutely beautiful when it bloomed and had such a lovely scent. When it died, if left just this brown stalk and obviously I'm hoping it will bloom again this year so my question is this: do I cut the stalk, or just leave it? Thanks!
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« Reply #1 on: January 26, 2008, 12:58 »
I cut mine back after they've died off. It should flower for you again, no problems :D

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« Reply #2 on: January 26, 2008, 13:07 »
Sweet. Thanks, Selkie.

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« Reply #3 on: January 26, 2008, 13:11 »
You're welcome :D

Do you get lily beetles in Yorkshire?

I never had a problem with them where we lived in England until we moved in with my mother in law (while we were sorting out buying this house) - it was only about 5 miles away but all of a sudden I had lily beetles on all my lilies :x

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« Reply #4 on: January 26, 2008, 14:08 »
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Do you get lily beetles in Yorkshire?


In a word.... yes!

My lilies were totally decimated by the lily beetle last year. I'm going to keep vigilant this year as apparently if you keep on top of them as soon as they start to appear yoa are able to control them.

I was picking 10-12 off my plants per day! Some of them didn't even flwer last year, the infestation was that bad  :(
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« Reply #5 on: January 26, 2008, 16:19 »
Keep checking the ground, about 1/2" (1cm) deep, below the plants. That's where they like to hide in the winter/spring until they're ready to come out. And do clear out all dead matter below the lilies as well. Doesn't cure the problem but it definitely helps minimize it.

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« Reply #6 on: January 26, 2008, 16:46 »
I'm glad we don't have lily beetles over here; nasty things.

The adult beetles look so lovely though

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« Reply #7 on: January 26, 2008, 23:54 »
Spooky..... I was gonna ask the same question today!!!!

I went out to look at my lilies in pots on the patio and there is new growth at the bottom even though the old stems are still there, still quite green! I thought I had read somewhere that you the old stems would die down but mine seem happy to stay there all winter!!!!

I might just cut them down then  :)
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« Reply #8 on: January 27, 2008, 16:13 »
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Do you get lily beetles in Yorkshire?


In a word.... yes!

My lilies were totally decimated by the lily beetle last year. I'm going to keep vigilant this year as apparently if you keep on top of them as soon as they start to appear yoa are able to control them.

I was picking 10-12 off my plants per day! Some of them didn't even flwer last year, the infestation was that bad  :(


Oh no! I didn't even know there was such a thing as a 'lily beetle'  :( thanks for mentioning it, though - now I know to look out for them! What do they look like, and what do I do about them? Do I just pick them off the plants if they appear?

Just went down the garden centre yesterday and bought even more lily bulbs for this year - two 'lollypops' and two 'olivia' - to go in my garden and allotment. I hope they come up as well this year as they did last year.

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« Reply #9 on: January 27, 2008, 16:39 »
The beetles themselves are quite pretty - bright red shiny beetles, their grubs are kind of weird; they cover themselves in their own poo ( :? ) and look like bird droppings or much on the leaves.

They do alot of damage but you'd know if you had them...

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« Reply #10 on: January 27, 2008, 17:56 »
The beetles are very pretty, like Selkie says, bright red, very exotic looking.
They are also very clever. When you approach them to pick them off, they drop off and lay on their backs on the soil so you can't see them (their undersides are dark).

Little blooming swines they are.........

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« Reply #11 on: January 28, 2008, 16:36 »
I dug my lilies up from the garden, as apparently they're toxic to my many feline visitors, and am going to put them in pots on the flat roof instead.

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« Reply #12 on: January 28, 2008, 20:52 »
I had lily beetles last year, what should I use to get rid of them?

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« Reply #13 on: January 28, 2008, 23:32 »
I spray mine with lilly beetle spray  :oops:
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« Reply #14 on: January 28, 2008, 23:44 »
I couldn't bear to kill them directly so I used pick them all off (the babies too) and put them up the other end of the garden :roll:



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